Hamilton level with legend Senna after pole in Montreal

Pauline Gross
June 11, 2017

"The fact that I've now reached him in that area, I just can't believe it".

"Literally as a kid, I'd come home and I was like, one day if I'm really lucky and I can get to Formula 1, I'd want to emulate Ayrton".

But the success did not come without a fight.

Shocker: It was hard to believe that none of F1's drivers had made heavy contact with the walls during the opening three practice sessions in Canada, but it made it all the more inevitable that someone would have a prang in qualifying. But the Ferraris were still close.

Hamilton found over 0.3s in his final run, having previously been just 0.004s faster than Vettel on their first flying laps.

Lewis Hamilton has a British passport, and lives in Monaco, but Montreal felt like home on Saturday as he celebrated his milestone 65th career pole position in Formula One. Neither Bottas, nor Vettel's partner Kimi Raikkonen, got close. I dug down deep.

While pole position isn't as vital here as it is at some tracks, to take it, or, better still lock-out the front row, would give Ferrari a massive psychological advantage.

"Honestly, I'm so happy", said Hamilton after qualifying.

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Vettel's final try trimmed his lap to 1m 11.789s, but he was the first to offer congratulations.

"Montreal been good to me over the years and it's been a battle with Ferrari - they've been quick all year", Hamilton said. "I'm not entirely happy, we had a little bit of a different running in qualifying which I think was fine". That lap lifted him 0.292 seconds clear of the Finn who was, in turn, less than a tenth ahead of Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, who was fourth in the leading Red Bull.

Overachiever: He may have had a weekend away from his McLaren MCL32 two weeks ago, but Fernando Alonso hasn't forgotten how to get the best from it.

In what is fast becoming a vintage season, both men relish the prospect of a close race tomorrow.

"Even though the tires are hard to warm up, they're very consistent and you can push throughout the run, so I think it's going to be an interesting race", Alonso said. I can't look that far ahead at the moment. "Looking forward for tomorrow".

"I was really trying hard, it was a tricky day for me and I wasn't happy at all with the vehicle in FP3". Only Michael Schumacher (68) has topped the grid on more occasions. Ferrari have been quick but I was gunning, I was pushing and pushing...it was a sexy lap. I'm excited about it.

When he clocked a hair-raising 1:11.791, Vettel nearly matched him at just.004 seconds slower but there was nothing the German could do to respond to Hamilton's eventual best.

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