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Lewis Hamilton will start the Canadian Grand Prix from his 44th career pole position after comfortably keeping team-mate Nico Rosberg at bay when it mattered during qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, while Sebastian Vettel was dumped out of Q1 after suffering a technical issue.

On a weekend disrupted by weather and ill-timed stoppages during free practice, qualifying presented the ingredients for a relatively open affair, but once underway it was clear pole position would again come down to a Mercedes head-to-head, particularly when Vettel fell surprisingly at the first hurdle.

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Indeed, having been a constant threat over a single lap all year, Vettel would create the early headlines by being dumped out at the first time of asking after seemingly being hobbled by a problem to his Ferrari power unit, leaving 16th on the timesheets.

To make matters worse for the German, he was later handed an additional five-place grid penalty as punishment for passing Roberto Merhi under red flags during the earlier FP3 session.

Indeed, technical issues have proven to be a theme for the weekend after an engine change for Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen prior to qualifying, while Jenson Button didn't even start the session after developing ERS issues in FP3 and Felipe Massa complained of 'no power' as he joined Vettel in the Q1 drop zone in 17th, pending penalties ahead.

As such, qualifying would once again prove a direct competition between Hamilton and Rosberg, a battle that seemed destined to be closer than it proved when the pair were split by just 0.012secs after Q2.

However, with Hamilton setting the benchmark at 1min 14.393secs on his first run, though he failed to improve on the second effort, Rosberg couldn't respond on either of his fast Q3 laps, the German nearly four tenths off and slower than his lap in Q2.

With Vettel and Massa out of contention, it was up to Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas to fly the flag for Ferrari and Williams respectively, the pair finding their form to make it an all-Finnish second row.

Behind them, Lotus carried its fine free practice form through to qualifying with both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado both impressing over a single lap to lock-out the third row in fifth and sixth respectively, the latter scoring his best starting position since the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

With Mercedes-powered cars starring at the Canadian circuit, Force India got both of its cars into Q3 for the first time this season, with Nico Hulkenberg up in seventh place and Sergio Perez in tenth, the pair split by the Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.

Just missing the cut for Q3, Carlos Sainz gets underway in 11th place, with Max Verstappen qualifying in 12th place, which will become the back of the grid once he serves his penalties for his Monaco Grand Prix punishment and his engine change.

Marcus Ericsson qualified 13th as the top Sauber driver, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Nasr, while - behind the hampered Vettel and Massa - Merhi out-qualified Will Stevens in the Manor.


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Well done Lewis, another class drive !!!, shame about Seb, a more competitive Ferrari is good news.