F1: Canadian Grand Prix – live!
- Latest action from the 7pm BST race in Montreal
- Hamilton claims Canada F1 GP pole to match Ayrton Senna’s 65
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Sir Patrick Stewart is the centre of attention on the grid, with all the usual pre-race rigamarole going on. He plugs a movie or two, and that’s that. Niki Lauda’s there too. “It is going to be very exciting and I hope that Lewis can do it,” Lauda says.
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is the setting for today’s race, named after the late Ferrari racing driver. Despite its name and history, as well as Ferrari’s swashbuckling record in Canada – they have won here on 11 occasions – their last win on this track came in 2004. Sebastian Vettel, who starts alongside Lewis Hamilton on the grid, has every chance of changing that. “I expect a close race,” the German says.
“When I was going into qualifying I had not even thought about equalling Ayrton,” Hamilton says. Mercedes’ boss Toto Wolff says the wind in Montreal is “very gusty, and it makes a huge difference” despite some lighthearted jokes about English weather.
Lewis Hamilton’s in the driving seat for this one. The Mercedes driver produced a stunning lap to earn pole in Montreal, and Ayrton Senna’s helmet in the process. The 30-year old helmet was a gift from the family of the three-time champion after Hamilton equalled his record of 65 poles on Saturday. It is all promising for Hamilton who has won in Canada on five occasions.
Hamilton finished the session 0.330 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel, with Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, taking third spot on the grid. Vettel, though, still leads the way in the drivers’ championship by 25 points before lights out this evening. Kimi Raikkonen will start from fourth, Max Verstappen from fifth and Daniel Ricciardo from sixth.
Source: Formula 1