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F1 Canadian GP: Hamilton on pole as Mercedes turns it up against rivals

Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position in Canada after beating Nico Rosberg by just 0.062s as Mercedes eased away from Ferrari and Red Bull.
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Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix after beating team-mate Nico Rosberg by just 0.062s as Mercedes turned up its engines to ease away from Ferrari and Red Bull.

After intriguing practice sessions which saw Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen trump the top times in FP3, the Mercedes duo threatened the team's ultimate performance in Q2 by pulling out half a second on the rest.

In the pole shootout Hamilton and Rosberg set new fastest laps with their opening flyers with the British driver producing a 1m 12.812s to nip ahead of his team-mate.

Both Ferrari and Red Bull drivers who had threatened to storm Mercedes were over half a second behind on the opening flyers.

At the second and final flying laps it was only Vettel who improved to take third but nearly two-tenths off of Hamilton and Rosberg.

Neither Hamilton or Rosberg made gains on their final laps due to mistakes – Rosberg locking up in sector one and pitted before completing the lap to duly hand Hamilton a fifth pole in Canada.

Daniel Ricciardo lines up alongside Vettel on the second row but he lost vital tenths on his best lap when he clipped the 'Wall of Champions' with his right-rear tyre. Verstappen failed to profit and will start the Canadian Grand Prix in fifth ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

The 'best of the rest' saw Williams duo lock out row four with Valtteri Bottas in seventh and Felipe Massa eighth, ahead of the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Surprise Q3 charger Fernando Alonso, who pinched the final spot from Sergio Perez in Q2, duly settle for tenth on the grid to make it a hat-trick of pole shootout berths for McLaren.

Jenson Button suffered a lock-up on his final flyer in Q2 which cost him vital time which saw him miss the shootout, as Sergio Perez was trumped by Alonso and pushed into 11th.

With Daniil Kvyat 13th the pair of Haas cars duly delivered the expected qualifying result by splitting the Toro Rosso duo with Esteban Gutierrez out-qualifying Romain Grosjean by three-tenths of a second.

Carlos Sainz's Q2 blast was curtailed before it really began as he became the first victim of the race weekend to the 'Wall of Champions' when he banged a right rear wheel into the barrier which instantly broken and punctured, causing a brief red flag stoppage.

In Q1 Jolyon Palmer narrowly missed out on progressing by 0.015s to end a difficult day for Renault who saw Kevin Magnussen sit out qualifying altogether after the team failed to fix the Dane's car from his FP3 shunt.

Pascal Wehrlein leapfrogged both Sauber cars with Marcus Ericsson 19th and Felipe Nasr 20th while Rio Haryanto was the last of the runners after clattering the wall at turn four.
by Haydn Cobb

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