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Hamilton takes pole position for Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the pole position for the Canadian F1 Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada on Saturday.

Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the pole position for the Canadian F1 Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada on Saturday.

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position with a scintillating Canadian Grand Prix qualifying performance on Saturday.
The world championship leader took his first ever pole in Montreal last year and he was even more impressive this time around, clocking a time over six-tenths of a second faster than that of his nearest rival.
It took some last-gasp dramatics though. Hamilton pulled out all the stops on his final lap to push BMW's Pole Robert Kubica back into second place.
In bright sunshine and poor track conditions, Kubica just could not quite do enough to deny the 23-year-old Briton his eighth career pole position and his second this season.
Hamilton won from the front in Canada last year and after his electric final qualifying lap of 1:17.886, he must surely have been confident of a repeat in yesterday's race on the tricky, high-speed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Fernando Alonso will start third on the grid for Renault and will be joined on the second row by Ferrari's Finnish world champion Kimi Raikkonen.
Nico Rosberg achieved an excellent fifth for Williams with Brazilian Felipe Massa having to settle for sixth in the second Ferrari.
Hamilton's Finnish teammate Heikki Kovalainen will start seventh, just ahead of BMW's Nick Heidfeld and Honda's Rubens Barrichello who were eighth and ninth respectively.
Hamilton set the fastest time in a fairly uneventful first mini-session, just ahead of Massa and Kovalainen. The initial qualifying period saw the elimination of Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais, the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver will start from 16th on the grid.
Also knocked out of contention were the Force India pair of German Adrian Sutil and Italian Giancarlo Fisichella who will start 17th and 18th respectively.
Honda's Jenson Button suffered a gearbox failure and did not record a single lap. The Englishman will share the back row of the grid with Sebastian Vettel, the second Toro Rosso driver.


Updated : 2020-12-04 01:49 GMT+08:00