Eight years after clinching his maiden F1 pole position and win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton will fittingly start the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix from his 44th career pole position as he looks to stamp his authority over Nico Rosberg once more.
A special venue for the Englishman after winning from pole position for the very first time back in 2007, Hamilton put himself in position to repeat that feat eight years later as he comfortably out-performed his team-mate and title rival when it mattered in Q3.
Indeed, pole position would prove a positive development on an otherwise erratic weekend for the championship leader after several off-track moments in free practice and a crash in the rain during FP2, while he came into qualifying haven't not completed a flying super-soft tyre lap after red flag interruptions in FP3.
Despite this, Hamilton saved his best for when it mattered, his best lap in Q3 proving three tenths faster than Rosberg's effort, ensuring he gets to celebrate his 44th pole position in arguably the most appropriate of venues.
“It really is special,” he responded when told about the '44' link. “I feel amazing today. It was not the easiest of days - FP3 was quite tough and I didn't really get any laps, or complete any laps, and it was mostly my fault, so I was going into qualifying a bit blind on where the set–up would be.
“But I won my first grand prix here in 2007 and that was incredibly special so to be back here and finally to get another pole here – and for it to be the 44th – that is very special for me.
“Once again, an amazing job by the team by regrouping and helping to keep me and Nico up here and on the front row - a great job by everyone so well done."
Recording his best lap on his first run in Q3, though Hamilton admits they weren't perfect efforts, he was happy with the overall pace.
“The first lap in Q3 was pretty good but it could have been better,” he admitted. “The next lap started off badly but then was good in the middle sector so there was good time in the car and I'm very, very happy with it. It was definitely tough out there with these tyres, which were pretty hard to switch on for everyone, but I enjoyed it.”