Lewis Hamilton will start from second place on the grid for the third consecutive time in 2013 on Sunday, but perhaps more importantly he's not playing second fiddle to his team mate Nico Rosberg this time.

Hamilton will start alongside reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but crucially he's avoided finishing as runner-up to Rosberg in Canada, as both men had a 100 per cent success rate of qualifying ahead of their team mates in Montreal.

"It's good to be up on the front row again," he said, before admitting that he had really been hoping to go one better in qualifying.

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"I am a little disappointed with my last lap," he said. "I was seven-tenths up going into the last corner which was really slippery and unfortunately I went straight on. I would have lost time there anyway as it was so wet but there was a chance of pole if the lap had come together," he added.

Rosberg, too, was disappointed not to have done better than fourth place on the grid in Montreal, and revealed that communications problems had left him at a disadvantage at a crucial stage of qualifying.

"We were very quick in the difficult conditions out there this afternoon and I'm a little disappointed that I didn't qualify further up the grid," he said afterwards. "Unfortunately my radio stopped working and communicating with my engineers is crucial in conditions like we had this afternoon.

"The biggest issue was not knowing that I had one more lap that was the chance to improve my time," he explained. "But generally I can be pleased to be starting from the second row and I will hope for a strong race tomorrow. We need to manage the tyres well and then I believe we can get a good result."

The director of motorsport for Mercedes, Toto Wolff, was pleased to see both of the team's drivers so high up on the starting grid for Sunday's race.

"We're very happy to have both cars on the front two rows, starting second and fourth tomorrow," said Wolff. "It was a tough qualifying for everybody and these are conditions where it is a lot easier to get things wrong than right."

Hamilton is hoping that the worst of the inclement conditions in Canada is behind them and that Sunday will prove to be a much drier, brighter and crucially warmer day for the teams out on the track.

"We'll keep our fingers crossed that the rain stays away for the race and hopefully we can give Seb a run for his money," he said. "Tomorrow should be a good opportunity for us," he added: "The car felt great yesterday in the dry."

"The race will be a step into the unknown," cautioned Wolff. "The forecast says it should be dry and warmer than it has been so far this weekend. That will keep everybody on their toes and should make for a fun afternoon."