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Last-second lap gives Hamilton another Canadian GP pole

Last-second lap gives Hamilton another Canadian GP pole

Lewis Hamilton took the pole again at the Canadian Grand Prix _ barely.
Seconds after the checkered flag waved to signify the end of the third and final round of qualifying Saturday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica appeared to grab his first Formula One pole, knocking Hamilton's Mercedes McLaren off the top of the speed chart with a lap of 1 minute, 18.498 seconds.
But Hamilton, who earned his first F1 pole and victory here a year ago, was still out on the 4.361-kilometer (2.71-mile), 12-turn course, throwing his car through the corners and sliding dangerously several times. The result was a lap of 1:17.886 that gave the 23-year-old Englishman his second pole of the season and the eighth top qualifying spot of his career.
Kubica will start from the outside of the front row in Sunday's race.
"At the end I had two laps," Hamilton said. "The first one was pretty shocking. I went wide in turn one. I had to make sure on the second one.
"I had to stick it out and make sure I got a good lap. I think I found six or seven tenths (of a second) there, so I'm pretty happy with it."
World champion Kimi Raikkonen, who trails Hamilton by three points in the drivers' standings, put his Ferrari in the third spot on the grid with a lap of 1:18.735. He was followed by two-time world champion Fernando Alonso's Renault at 1:18.746 and the Ferrari of Felipe Massa at 1:19.048.


Updated : 2021-06-23 14:34 GMT+08:00