Lewis Hamilton romps to Ayrton Senna-equalling pole in Canada


Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton smashed the Montreal lap record to claim pole position in qualifying for the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton now sits in joint second in the all-time list of most pole positions, equal to Ayrton Senna but still some way behind Michael Schumacher.

An emotional Hamilton was given a race-worn Senna helmet, provided by the Brazilian's family, which he held aloft in front of the thousands of fans at turn two.

"Wow, I am shaking", Hamilton told a news conference.

"Ayrton, I know for many of you was your favorite driver and it was the same for me". He was the one that inspired me to be where I am today. "To receive this and match him is a great honour". A big, big thank-you to the Senna family and everyone here.

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Hamilton and Vettel had exchanged near-identical times on the first runs, split by 0.004s, which seemed to set up a grandstand finish to Q3.

Raikkonen ended a nine-year pole drought in Monaco last time out but failed to replicate those heroics in Montreal, finishing almost 0.9s off Lewis Hamilton's eventual benchmark. But what really matters is who gets off the line quickest tomorrow, and we could be in for another fight for the win, and in the championship standings. Ferrari have been quick but I was gunning, I was pushing and pushing...it was a sexy lap.

"It was a great lap and I can't believe that it came together so well".

"It was a little bit more tricky today than yesterday just to get a good feeling with the tyres, but that's how it goes". For me, on the second run in Q3 I tried to go faster, I went too deep into the hairpin so I could have got a bit more out of it.

Vettel had a mishap on turn two on his final fast lap or he may have had a chance to nip Hamilton for the pole. The first sector was fantastic and then I managed to be just a little bit up on each one. Felipe Massa finished seventh for Williams ahead of the Force India duo of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, while Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10 for Renault.

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But he will be starting 17th and will need to produce something extra special to crack the top 10.

The Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat finished in 11th, with his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr in 13th, followed by the Haas of Romain Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer in the Renault.

The double world champion contested for a famous victory at the Brickyard but it was back to business as he could haul his Honda-powered McLaren to only 12th on the grid.

Williams rookie and local star Lance Stroll was next up in P17 followed by Haas F1 pilot Kevin Magnussen and the other Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.

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