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F1 2015: Canadian GP Qualifying Report – Hamilton Secures 44th Pole

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton secured the 44th pole position of his career ahead of Sunday’s Canadian grand prix.

The reigning champion will be joined on the front row of the grid by teammate Nico Rosberg while Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the third quickest time.

Misfortune befell Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari in the first session of the qualifying hour and stopped the German from progressing any further. The number 5 Ferrari will start tomorrow’s race in 15th place. McLaren’s Jenson Button had no better time of it as he was completely ruled out of qualifying with an power unit related issue in the final free practice session a few hours earlier.

Similarly, Felipe Massa’s afternoon was ruined by an engine issue which will see the Brazilian start the race in 16th as Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen will incur a 15 place drop on the grid for an engine change. Valtteri Bottas meanwhile was able to set the fourth fastest time.

Lotus Romain Grosjean showed an improved turn of pace with the fifth fastest time ahead of teammate Pastor Maldonado. Nico Hulkenberg, Daniil Kvyat, Daniel Ricciardo and the sister Force India of Sergio Perez round out the top ten.

Pos Driver Car Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:14.393s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.702s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:15.014s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:15.102s
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:15.194s
6 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:15.329s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:15.614s
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:16.079s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:16.114s
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:16.338s
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:16.042s
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:16.262s
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:16.276s
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:16.620s
15 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.344s
16 Felipe Massa Williams 1:17.886s
17 Roberto Merhi Marussia 1:19.133s
18 Will Stevens Marussia 1:19.157s
19 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:16.245s
20 Jenson Button McLaren

About Natalie Le Clue

Natalie Le Clue is an F1 aficionado of the most dedicated vein. And, true to form for any F1-enamoured junkie, she readily admits to crying the first time she saw a F1 car, calling it an ‘overwhelming moment’. Natalie has won the 2010 gSport Woman In Media award, the 2015 Woman In Media Print award, and has been named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in South African Sport by the Department of Sport and Recreation. Natalie is currently serving as SAfm's F1 correspondent. Follow Natalie on Twitter @nlc27

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