Hamilton wins Canadian GP pole, ties Senna on all-time list

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain takes the checkered flag to win the Canadian Grand Prix, Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Montreal.

It is Lewis' sixth pole position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and his fourth of the 2017 season.

It was Hamilton's sixth career Canadian Grand Prix pole position, one short of Schumacher's record.

"I had my first pole here, and my first win here 10 years ago, so to repeat it this weekend is incredibly special", Hamilton said. "All the guys in the team, in the factory, have really worked hard to fix the issues that we had in the last race to bring it here and really give it to the Ferraris. I am over the moon".

German Vettel finished fourth after his Ferrari suffered a damaged front wing in a collision on the opening lap when he was passed by the aggressive Dutch teenager Max Verstappen of Red Bull. "Ferrari and Mercedes are able to turn their engines up and find that extra pace".

The podium interview was exciting too, with Sir Patrick Stewart making an appearance and drinking one of Ricciardo's famous shoeys-that's champagne out of the driver's shoe, if you're not familiar with the practice, and yes it's as disgusting as it sounds. McLaren remain the only team yet to score a point this season.

Valtteri Bottas had an equally quiet day as he took second place. He was the better man today. "Montreal is a lovely place, and it's been home to me, I've grown with many fans who were teenagers when I started, and if I was going to get that special pole I wanted it to be here".

"To come away from Monaco, everyone pulled together and I don't think in five years I have ever seen them pull together like they did", he said. "Ayrton is the one who inspired me to be where I am". Then we split the strategy with Lewis.

"The auto was very good and I was happy this morning so we should be good in the race". Vettel then overtook Sergio Pérez two lap laters and had the race lasted just another two laps he would have very likely gotten past Ricciardo as well.

Perez pitted after Ricciardo ahead of him, but was just beaten out of the pits by the Red Bull, who he was seemingly destined to spend the entire race behind.

"Well I expect a close race".

"So it's awesome to be on the podium here in Canada".

In between, Hamilton led every lap. "As a kid, I would come home and I would go, 'If I'm really lucky and can get to Formula One, I want to emulate Ayrton'".

Vettel was not the only driver to be negatively affected by the start.

Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa didn't make it out of the start, with Sainz getting clipped and then sliding into the Toro Rosso.

Canadian teenage rookie Lance Stroll answered some of his critics by scoring his first points in Formula One for Williams, crossing the line in ninth place to the cheers of a sell-out home crowd.

The mood was not almost as upbeat when Mercedes arrived in Montreal on the back of a miserable Monaco where triple world champion Hamilton qualified 13th and finished seventh, with Bottas fourth.

  • Salvatore Jensen