2017 Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton credibly beat F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, as Mercedes finally came to life in qualifying at the Montreal circuit.
Hamilton’s “Awesome” flying lap – breaks lap record and it’s match Senna’s 65 career poles; Title leader Vettel 0.3s adrift on front row
The Brit was lost for words as Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna’s family gifted a race-worn helmet of his idol after matching his record of 65 pole positions.
Fourth pole of the season and 65th career pole lifted he has equaled the same achievement by Senna and is now just three more away from seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher at the top of the honours board.
Also, his third successive pole in Canada also equaled Michael Schumacher’s record of six at the island Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Hamilton took the first of his F1 career at the same track 10 years ago with McLaren.
The Pole sitter was offered with the very special gift in front of a packed grandstand, where the post-qualifying interviews took place.
“I’m shaking. I’m speechless,” said Hamilton.
“Ayrton was the man who inspired me, so to match him, and to receive this is the greatest honour so a big, big thank you to the Senna family.”
“I live in an apartment in Monaco so there is a lot of room for trophies. But I will definitely find a space for this. Maybe it can be the centre-piece of my living room table.”
F1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who leads Hamilton by 25 points after six races, qualified second for Sunday’s race for Ferrari.