Faultless Hamilton wins pole position in Montreal
Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for the 50th Canadian Grand Prix what is 65th pole position in his career and 6th at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Valtteri Bottas set the fastest lap during the first qualifying round. The Mercedes driver set the time 1:12.685 and was just 0.07s better than the result of his teammate. The local crowd was disappointed after Lance Stroll (again) failed to progress to the next round, just as Stoffel Vandoorne, Kevin Magnussen, Marcus Ericsson, and Pascal Wehrlein who crashed into the barriers.
With a lap time of 1:12.496, Hamilton was the fastest in the second qualifying round, leaving Bottas 0.067s behind. Five drivers who ended the session in Q2 were Jolyon Palmer, Romain Grosjean, Carlos Sainz Jr, Fernando Alonso, and Daniil Kvyat.
Probably many were expecting to bounce back when it was most important but Hamilton was almost perfect. The Brit set the time of 1:11.459 and for the 65th time in his career won the pole position and equaled the record of his idol Ayrton Senna. Sebastian Vettel will start from P2, while Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen will be in the second starting row.