Hamilton equals hero Senna with pole in Canada

The three-time Formula One world champion set the fastest lap ever seen at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve circuit by an F1 auto clocking one minute 11.459 seconds around the 4.361-kilometer (2.709-mile) track.

Three-time World champion Lewis Hamilton drew level with his hero Ayrton Senna on 65 career poles when he produced a sensational lap to secure front spot on the grid for today's Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton has just three more to get until he matches Michael Schumacher's record of 68 and Wolff is not surprised his driver his so close to re-writing F1's record books.

Valtteri Bottas said on Thursday that Mercedes had lightened its vehicle for this race and made some tweaks to the suspension in a bid to improve its form on the ultra-soft compound.

"They've got some unique bits on the auto that I think will work well for them this weekend, but that doesn't mean we can't take the fight to them". To receive this is a great honour.

"For the Senna family to send me this, I don't possess any of Ayrton's artefacts, this is the most special thing I have above and beyond all my trophies and everything". "I'm not so happy with the last run I had in qualifying". I can't believe that it came together so well. "It was a very close battle last year between us and I can only imagine this year it is going to be pushing all the way to the end". I think I spun twice, but I think it will get better during the weekend.

"I was confident to go with the 1st lap", Mr. Vettel said.

"Being that it is the most hard season of my career, racing against these two drivers [Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas} and Kimi [Raikkonen], and having them so close, really then pushes us all to the limit and relies on us all being ideal".

"We've known for many years that Lewis is a big fan of my uncle's - he's actually an official Ayrton Senna Institute ambassador, supporting our actions that promote a better education for Brazilian children", she said.

The Senna family has now clarified to Autosport that the helmet that will be given to Hamilton is not one that was actually raced.

Hamilton called his pole-winning lap "sexy".

It was the site of his first pole and first career win. "It's a place I love and I really do love this track". He was the better man today.

In Q1, it was clearly "game on" for the leading teams, as Hamilton had forecast on Friday, and he went top with his second flying lap in 1:12.692 before Bottas trimmed that time by 0.007 seconds.

"I thought we could step it up and find a bit of time".

"The first sector was fantastic and I just managed to be a little bit up on each one".

Hamilton, who repeatedly looked at Senna's helmet as he sat in the post-qualifying news conference, said the achievement was even more special given it happened at one of his favourite races - where he claimed his first pole and win back in his debut season of 2007.

"I don't know what it was exactly", he said. I am proud to have got the Hamilton name here.

  • Stacy Allen