Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hamilton Takes Pole, Rosberg Second as Mercedes AMG Rule Canadian GP Qualifying

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hamilton Takes Pole, Rosberg Second as Mercedes AMG Rule Canadian GP Qualifying

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Hamilton takes Canadian GP pole position


MONTREAL - Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton shrugged off recent troubles to claim pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday.

If there were any lingering doubts from a strategic mistake that cost him victory at Monaco two weeks ago or the light collision with a tire barrier after being sent out in the rain during practice on Friday, it didn't show in a qualifying session dominated by the Mercedes AMG squad.

Hamilton took his sixth pole in seven races this season with a fast lap of one minute 14.393 seconds at the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with teammate Nico Rosberg just behind at 1:14.702.

For the fifth time this year, the Mercedes AMGs will start side by side on the front row for the race on Sunday afternoon.

"I don't think it's at all a statement," said Hamilton. "It's definitely positive to come back into this weekend on the right foot.

"But there are no points for (qualifying). There's a big race that's going to be challenging for us all with the tires and everything, but I feel I'm in a good position entering the race."

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas of Williams, who equalled his best qualifying result of the season, form the second row. Raikkonen placed in the top three for the first time since 2013 in China.

"We made our life much easier by being close to the front," Raikkonen said. "We'll have to make a good start and see how it plays out."

It was a much different story for his Ferrari teammate, former world champion Sebastian Vettel, who had engine trouble and didn't get past the first 20-minute qualifying session. Vettel, who has started no farther back than fourth this year, qualified in 15th position but will start at the back due to a five-spot penalty for illegally overtaking a Manor car during morning practice.

Vettel, the only non-Mercedes driver to win this season and the only one close to challenging the Mercedes in driver standings, has not started lower than fourth this year. …

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