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Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton strikes again, takes F1 pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won a close fight with teammate Nico Rosberg and Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to claim pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton ended the race with just 0.062 seconds clear of NicoRosberg, while Sebastian Vettel took the third slot with just 0.116s.

Reigning F1 world champion Hamilton managed to stay on the top spot despite failing to improve on his second run in Q3 at the Canadian Grand Prix. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg messed up his second run at the first corner so also failed to improve, while Ferrari ‘s Sebastian Vettel faced trouble and lost some traction at the hairpin on his final flying lap.Vettel tried to make a break into the 1m12s, but it wasn’t quite enough to break Mercedes’ lead.

Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo qualified his Red Bull fourth fastest, less than two tenths slower than that Sebastian Vettel, while Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen was in fifth place, well ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari, which only completed one run in Q3 and rounded out the top six slot.

On the other hand, the two Williams F1 duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were taken the seventh and eighth place. Force India’ Nico Hulkenberg took the ninth place, while McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso out of the top 10.

Alonso made Q3 for the third race in succession by bumping Force India’s Sergio Perez out of the top 10 in the closing moments of Q2, this led to Sergio Perez ending up in the 11th place.

Although McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button was faster than Alonso in the first two sectors of his final lap in Q2, Button’s time dropped in the final sector and ending up the 12th. Benson blamed the lack of a tow on the run from the hairpin.

Toro Roso’s Daniil Kvyat was in 13th place, just ahead of Haas F1 duo Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean, who were separated by 0.232s.

Another Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr has ended up slowest in Q2 after he clouted the wall of champions at the end of his first proper flying lap, causing the session to be red-flagged while race marshals craned away his broken F1 car.

Finally, Renault’s Kevin Magnussen failed to participate in qualifying following his heavy crash in final practice, as a result Magnussen will start to last on the grid with the stewards’ permission.

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