World Champion Lewis Hamilton hailed a 'special' pole position as he topped qualifying for the 44th time in his Formula 1 career.
Hamilton, whose maiden pole position came at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2007, beat team-mate Nico Rosberg to top spot by three-tenths of a second.
"I feel amazing today, [it] wasn’t the easiest of days, third practice was tough and I didn't get many laps, mostly my fault," he said, referring to finishing last in the 60 minute session on Saturday morning.
"I won my first Grand Prix here in 2007 and that was incredibly special so to be back here and get another pole, the 44th, is very special."
Hamilton expects Mercedes to hold an advantage over Ferrari in Sunday's race, with Kimi Raikkonen the squad's nearest challenger in third position.
"Ferrari has picked up its pace this weekend but I think as a team we’ve maintained the pace we have and improved in some areas," he said.
"Tomorrow is a bit of an unknown [as] it’s not been the smoothest weekend."