Hamilton beats Rosberg to pole in Montreal

Sat Jun 6, 2015 3:16pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton seized pole position on Saturday for the Canadian Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg, his disappointed Mercedes team mate, beaten into second place on the starting grid.

The pole was championship leader Hamilton's sixth in seven races this season and a career 44th for the driver who races with the number 44 on his car.

"It wasn't the easiest of days," said Hamilton, who failed to get a quick lap under his belt in final practice, with some understatement. "I went into qualifying blind as to where the setup would be.

"It's definitely a positive to come back into this weekend on the right foot, to come back with the good pace I had from the last race after a difficult time," added the Briton.

Hamilton took the first win of his career in Montreal in his debut 2007 season with McLaren and has won at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve three times in total.

A firm favorite for Sunday's race, he arrived here all the more determined after the blow of losing to Rosberg two weeks ago in Monaco thanks to a needless pitstop when he was leading comfortably.

Rosberg was on pole in Canada last season but could not find the speed when he needed it.

"What a rubbish end to qualifying," the German exclaimed as the chequered flag came down. "But here it's possible to overtake so it's not all over yet."   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leaves the garage during the third practice session of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie