Hamilton secures pole for Canadian GP

By on Saturday, June 6, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

World Champion Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, ahead of Nico Rosberg, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was knocked out in Q1.

Hamilton posted a time of 1:14.393 early on in the final shootout session to beat team-mate Rosberg by three-tenths of a second and collect the 44th pole position of his Formula 1 career.

Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen finished a further three-tenths of a second behind Rosberg, while compatriot Valtteri Bottas will complete the second row of the grid.

Lotus built on its practice pace to lock out the third row, with Romain Grosjean beating Pastor Maldonado to fifth position.

Nico Hülkenberg secured seventh for Force India, while Daniil Kvyat narrowly edged out Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for eighth spot and Sergio Pérez rounded out the top 10 - with seven of the Q3 runners powered by Mercedes engines.

Carlos Sainz Jr. narrowly missed out on a place in Q3 and will start from 11th on the grid, while team-mate Max Verstappen was 12th but will drop to the back as a result of penalties. Verstappen will also have time penalties in the race as a result of being unable to serve his full grid drop.

Marcus Ericsson managed 13th position, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Nasr.

Vettel suffered MGU-H problems in the first session and spent significant time in the garage, before heading out for two late laps.

He missed out on a slot in Q2 by three-tenths of a second, while Felipe Massa also fell at the first hurdle after encountering engine problems.

Roberto Merhi beat Manor Marussia team-mate Will Stevens to 18th position while Jenson Button was unable to participate in the session after an engine problem in the final practice session.

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