MONTREAL: Britain’s Lewis Hamilton swept to his fifth Canadian Grand Prix pole position on Saturday and piled more pressure on his championship-leading Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
The triple F1 world champion will be favourite to win in Montreal for the fifth time on Sunday, knowing he can retake the title lead if Rosberg draws a blank. The German is 24 points ahead after six of 21 races.
Hamilton’s love affair with the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he took his first pole in 2007, continued as he lapped with a fastest time of one minute 12.812 seconds and beat Rosberg by 0.062.
Rosberg’s second place brought him a 13th consecutive front row start, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third fastest and 0.178 behind Hamilton.
“It actually wasn’t a great lap,” said Hamilton. “I didn’t have the same pace I had yesterday, but it was obviously enough,” added the champion, who dominated Friday practice, after his 53rd career pole.
“It doesn’t matter how far you are ahead as long as you are ahead.