Formula One: Vettel confident but says Hamilton was 'better man'

In doing so, Hamilton equaled the career pole tally of his hero Ayrton Senna who started from the front of the grid 65 times during a glittering F1 career.

As fans in the packed pit row grandstand stood and cheered after the qualifying session, Hamilton was handed Senna's race-worn yellow helmet as a gift from the Brazilian great's family.

Lewis Hamilton was gift-wrapped the victory after a strategical gaffe by Ferrari robbed Sebastian Vettel of victory in Montreal.

"So I was very clear since the beginning of the season in our rules of engagement: the team is above everything until the numbers are going on one direction or in the other direction - I'm talking about the drivers' championship - but there are no team orders".

"From the first year I came here I felt comfortable with the track".

It was the three-time champion's sixth victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - where he claimed his maiden triumph in 2007 - as well as his third this season and the 56th win of his career.

"It's always been a special place for me", said Hamilton.

Meanwhile, a one-minute silence will be observed ahead of tomorrow's race in memory of those killed and injured in last Saturday's terror attack in London.

"The long runs seemed OK, but I think it will be close with Ferrari".

"For the Senna family to send me this..." It was a close battle with Ferrari - they were so quick, as they have been all year, but I was gunning and pushing.

It was a joyous day for race victor Lewis Hamilton and for hometown favourite Lance Stroll at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

"I knew, if I was really lucky and got to Formula 1, that I'd want to emulate Ayrton so, the fact that I've now reached him in that area I just can't believe it. I'm starting to get a bit fed up", Grosjean fumed.

He added: "I am shaking..."

Of course, the tyre conundrum is largely affected here by the fact the track is constantly evolving, changing from session to session, then back again overnight. "But if this were to be my last day, I would be proud that the Hamilton name will forever be remembered in this sport".

The helmet Hamilton was given is a replica, for travel and insurance reasons, but he will be receiving a genuine helmet that Senna used at a later date.

It will be a major challenge for Hamilton to hold him off in the race.

"Nevertheless the auto was very good, I was happy this morning, happy this morning and we should be good in the race". "I have to thank my team who made this possible". It is a great vehicle but it is a trickier auto to set up.

"It puts a lot of emphasis on us pulling together more, using every engineer to the absolute max is key". However, whether anyone is prepared to gamble and try to qualify on the supers today remains to be seen. Perez and Ocon were not done there, having a drag race to the line which the Mexican driver won, though Ocon criticised his teammate in the closing laps. "Today showed we can have an answer". It has been close everywhere except maybe Monaco. "Maybe in Monaco they were struggling a bit more in terms of pace but everywhere else, it would be unfair to say one was quicker than the other". "So, looking forward to it".

  • Leroy Wright