Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton admitted his pole lap ‘wasn’t great’ after narrowly edging out teammate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in Canada.
Hamilton clocked the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1:12.812 to pip Rosberg for pole, with Vettel only a tenth adrift in third place. The Englishman was also unable to improve his laptime on his final run, but held on to the top spot.
Seeing Ferrari, who were half a second behind in Friday practice, close the gap significantly in qualifying, Hamilton said it was his fault that Mercedes didn’t emerge as clear pace-setters in the grid-deciding session.
“I think there's always room to improve,’’ Hamilton said. “Honestly that wasn't a great qualifying for me in terms of laps, they weren't that great.”
“My pole lap was definitely at the lower end of the pole laps that I've had -- so considering that fact I'm pretty happy I'm still on pole.”
"To be honest it doesn't matter how far you are ahead, as long as you're ahead. Of course in practice it was much bigger a gap and today just didn't have the pace I had yesterday, but clearly it was enough. There was definitely more time in it but it was great to see how close we all were for the fans."
Nevertheless, the triple-world champion is wary of an imminent Ferrari threat, with the Maranello-based team having brought an upgraded turbo in Montreal.
"Ferrari have obviously picked up the pace with the upgrades they've brought from their car and this is a great track to test the ultimate speed,’’ he said.
“We're excited to have the race with them, it should be exciting for the fans. I think their long runs very strong, I don't know if it was as strong as ours, but we shall see tomorrow."
by Rachit Thukral