Hamilton takes pole in tight Montreal qualifying

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton narrowly defeated Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Just 0.064s separated the pair after the first run in Q3, where Hamilton had set a 1:12.81s benchmark.

Neither improved on their seconds attempt, with Rosberg forced to abandon his lap after a major lock-up at Turn 1.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel leapt to third in the dying stages to end up just 0.178s adrift of the pole.

The German had brushed the famous Wall of Champions on his first effort, temporarily putting him fourth behind Max Verstappen.

Daniel Ricciardo was eventually able to demote his Red Bull team-mate to fifth with the Australian less than 0.3s from pole.

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Felipe Massa (Williams), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) and Fernando Alonso (McLaren) completed the top 10.

Monaco podium finisher Sergio Perez will start 11th after proving the big scalp in Q2.

The session was briefly red flagged when Carlos Sainz Jr crashed his Toro Rosso at the final chicane in the early minutes.

Just 21 cars took part in qualifying following a crash for Kevin Magnussen during the morning’s third and final practice session.

The Renault team has opted to build up its spare chassis for the race.

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