Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, pipping Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by just 0.062 seconds at Montreal.
On his first run, Hamilton clocked the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1:12.812 to take provisional pole position. The Englishman then put on a fresh set of ultrasoft tyres, but failed to improve his laptime, leaving the top spot up for grabs.
However, with Rosberg aborting his final flying lap, the status quo remained at the front as Hamilton took his fourth pole of the season.
Apart from the two Mercedes runners, Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to break the 1:13 barrier, suggesting Ferrari has got on top of its qualifying issues.
The German will start the race from third place, ahead of the Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. The former touched the Wall of Championships briefly on his final flyer, but managed to jump his teammate to grab a spot on the second row of the grid.
Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen trailed down in sixth place, with the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa qualifying in seventh and eighth positions respectively.
Nico Hulkenberg, who was the only Force India driver to make it into the final part of qualifying, was ninth fastest with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso completing the top 10,
Earlier in Q1, Rio Haryanto lost the rear end of his Manor at turn 4, puncturing his right rear tyre before spinning back on track. After a futile attempt to return to the pits, he parked his car by edge of the track, bringing out yellow flags.
Carlos Sainz was another driver to crash out of qualifying, after hitting the wall of champions on his Q2 lap. The Spaniard is set to start the race from 16th place.
by Rachit Thukral