Formula One Canadian Grand Prix starting grid

Vettel will be seeking his fourth Canadian Grand Prix pole position, and his first since 2013, in qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

Lewis Hamilton has won the pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix for the third year in a row.

After qualifying, Hamilton was presented with one of Senna's race-worn helmets - a gesture from the Brazilian driver's family that left him moved and momentarily stunned.

It was a dismal weekend for Mercedes in the sunshine of Monte Carlo with Lewis Hamilton finishing seventh after failing to get into the final qualifying session and starting the race in 13th.

The triple world champion, a five-time victor in Montreal, will start at the front of the grid at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the third year in succession after producing a blistering couple of laps in the Q3 top-10 shootout and edging out title rival Sebastian Vettel by three tenths of a second.

Matching Senna's career tally, on a day when he saw off a tough challenge from Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel, was emotional. But Bottas only qualified third, more than seven tenths slower than Hamilton in Q3 having been fractionally quicker in Q1 and within a tenth of Hamilton in Q2.

"It's was a sexy lap".

"He was the better man today", Vettel said. "To equal him. I just can't believe it". 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.

Max Verstappen finished fifth for Red Bull, but it was far from a straightforward day for the Milton Keynes team after the Dutchman parked his auto following a gearbox failure, while engine problems restricted Daniel Riccciardo's running in the sister vehicle.

"To match him and to receive this is the greatest honour".

"I am shaking. I am speechless", said Hamilton.

Another driver to have a disappointing day was Canadian Lance Stroll, who was only 17th in his Mercedes-powered Williams in his home race. With some quick pit work and some quick laps of the relatively short Montreal circuit, Vettel managed to squeeze three flying laps into the final session.

"It will be on my table, the centre-piece, in the living room and it will be the first thing you see when you come in".

Stroll, who has finished only two of the first six races, hopes to place in the top 10 and earn his first F1 points.

The top three returned for a second run, but without changing the order while behind them Russian Daniil Kvyat hit the wall with his Toro Rosso.

The Honda of two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso, which has struggled to be competitive, was 12th.

The two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were in fifth and sixth respectively, followed by the Williams of Felipe Massa, the Force India's of Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon and the Renault of Nico Hülkenberg.

  • Zachary Reyes