Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton nips Vettel for pole position at Canadian Grand Prix


The souvenir: A helmet worn by Ayrton Senna, whose family sent it in anticipation of one three-time Formula One champion matching another by claiming his 65th career pole position on Saturday at the Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton's 3rd pole in a row also equaled Michael Schumacher's record of 6.

A five-time victor in Canada, Hamilton said: "Montreal's been good to me over the years".

"I don't think we have discovered the holy grail", said Wolff.

"I sent out a message to my guys this morning, saying we need everything to be on point, we need every single millimeter that the vehicle can give us today - and they did it. To receive this and match him is a great honour".

Wehrlein brought an early end to the session, as he lost control in Turns 1 and 2 in the final minutes. "I'm not so happy with the last run I had in qualifying".

The first Canadian to race at home in Formula One since 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve in 2006, Stroll and his Williams team are hoping the 18-year-old can snatch his first points of the season. "To equal him; I just can't believe it". It's was a close battle a year ago between us and imagine us pushing all the way to the end. I think it was the colour of the helmet.

"I remember coming home from school and putting on video tape of Ayrton so it is really unusual to think that now I'm here and I have that many poles".

"Being that it is the most hard season of my career, racing against these two drivers [Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas} and Kimi [Raikkonen], and having them so close, really then pushes us all to the limit and relies on us all being flawless".

"I sent a message to my guys to say we needed everything to be ideal, right on the point, and they did it today". So thank you to the Senna family and to everyone here.

Hamilton called his pole-winning lap "sexy". "Senna's first Monaco win", Buxton tweeted. "Montreal is a attractive 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".

It became a question of whether anyone would beat that mark from there, and no one could, despite Vettel's best efforts. "I would have loved to repeat the second run; I probably pushed a little bit too hard".

"My final lap worked perfectly - I could see my delta picking up and getting excited, but at the time I had no comprehension about the 65th - I forgot that, it was the here and now".

For his part, third-place qualifier Bottas was short and to the point: "The race is tomorrow". "It's not so easy to overtake, if you're that close, no matter where you go, but we'll see it could be a long race tomorrow and that's always nice, so looking forward for tomorrow". "At the beginning, we looked OK like we were going to get into Q2, and then we just fell back and I couldn't improve".