Lewis Hamilton claims Canada F1 GP pole to match Ayrton Senna’s 65

• Only Michael Schumacher with 68 has more poles than Mercedes driver
• Championship leader Sebastian Vettel second for Ferrari, Valtteri Bottas third

Lewis Hamilton, who struggled badly in qualifying at Monaco, delivered the perfect riposte by securing pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix. The Briton needed a strong performance to ensure he is in the best position to take the fight to his Formula One world championship rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, and did so with a mighty qualifying run that beat the German into second place. Over a session when there was little to choose between the two teams, Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, was in third, with the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in fourth.

Hamilton’s second hot lap in Q3, a flawless and almost breathtaking run and the fastest recorded at the circuit, secured pole and allay some of the concerns of the team, who have been working to better understand their car’s performance. He needs to make the best of it on Sunday, however. Hamilton trails Vettel by 25 points in the drivers’ championship, with the British driver having two wins to Vettel’s three, while Ferrari lead Mercedes by 17 points in the constructors’ championship.

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Source: Formula 1

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