The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal has been good to Mercedes driver and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton and Saturday, it continued to reward him as he took his 65th pole position on the circuit that gave him his very first win in Formula 1.
Lewis’s pole levels him with his idol Ayrton Senna at 65 poles and the British champion was gifted one of Senna’s helmets for his efforts. His teammate, Valtteri Bottas didn’t do too shabby of a job coming across the line in third while the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel secured second and will start from the front row alongside Hamilton.
“Wow, I am shaking,” said Hamilton. “Ayrton is the one who inspired me to be where I am.
“To match him and receive this is the greatest honour.
“For the Senna family to send me this, I don’t posses any of Ayrton’s artefacts, this is the most special thing I have above and beyond all my trophies and everything.
“I am honoured to be honoured by that family and honestly I couldn’t be happier.”
Pole position is certainly important but so is long-run pace and Vettel believes that Ferrari can still win the race despite being over three tenths behind Hamilton in qualifying. Vettel’s teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, will start the race in 4th position after making a small mistake in turn 2 on his final run.
The Qualifying results does reveal a storyline that drifted throughout Friday and Saturday’s practice sessions—an upgraded power unit from Mercedes on a power circuit like Canada could pay dividends and with both Mercedes-powered Force India cars and the Williams of Felipe Massa in the top ten, it is clear the new power unit is working well.
The circuit is known as a power circuit and it is very hard on brakes so the race and long-run pace of the Mercedes and Ferrari could be the ultimate decider on Sunday. Getting pole is great and if Mercedes has the reliability behind their improved engine, perhaps Hamilton can convert that pole to victory with long, competitive stints.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.403s||0.944s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.557s||1.098s|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.018s||1.559s|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.135s||1.676s|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.690s||–|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.756s||–|