Hamilton claims 53rd career pole in Canada

Montreal—Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix with the fastest lap ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a close fight in qualifying on Saturday. The defending three-time world champion, who revived his title defence with victory at last month’s Monaco Grand Prix, clocked a best lap in one minute and 12.812 seconds, quicker than the championship-leading German by 0.062 seconds.
Both men were unable to improve their times on their final runs in the top-ten shootout but their earlier efforts were enough for them to lock out the front row for Mercedes again.
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel was third for Ferrari ahead of Australian Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull team-mate Dutch teenager Max Verstappen with Kimi Raikkonen taking sixth place on the grid in the second Ferrari.
The two Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were seventh and eighth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg of Force India and two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren.
I tried guys, I tried,” said Vettel on team radio. “Lost a bit of traction out of the hairpin, but not enough, not enough.”
On a cloudy and cool day, with an air temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, and rain forecast, qualifying began with the two Mercedes and both Ferraris leading the way out of the pits for Q1. Rosberg was swiftly on the pace to lead the way ahead of Hamilton and then Vettel as after a warmer spell, drizzle threatened.
Rio Haryanto’s hopes ended when he hit a wall as he came out of the first chicane in his Manor, almost breaking the right rear wheel free as he suffered a puncture before spinning across the circuit to hit the wall opposite.
Out with the Indonesian went both Saubers, Pascal Wehrlein in the second Manor and both Renaults, Kevin Magnussen having crashed in final free practice during the morning.—AFP

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