The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Hamil­ton siz­zles to a new Canada high

- From Jonathan McEvoy IN MON­TREAL

LEWIS HAMIL­TON left cham­pi­onship ri­val Se­bas­tian Vet­tel trail­ing in his wake with a sen­sa­tional lap to se­cure pole po­si­tion for to­mor­row’s Cana­dian Grand Prix.

Hamil­ton’s stun­ning time, the fastest ever seen at Mon­treal’s Cir­cuit Gilles Vil­leneuve, also moved the triple world cham­pion level on 65 ca­reer pole po­si­tions with Ayr­ton Senna.

‘I am shak­ing here,’ said Hamil­ton, clearly moved af­ter he was awarded Senna’s yel­low crash hel­met which the Brazil­ian used at the 1987 Bri­tish Grand Prix. ‘I am speech­less.’

The Bri­tish driver fin­ished more than three tenths of a sec­ond clear of Vet­tel, whom he trails by 25 points in the cham­pi­onship race, with Valt­teri Bot­tas to line up in third.

Canada has proven to be a happy stomp­ing ground for Hamil­ton and so it proved again yes­ter­day. It was here 10 years ago where he se­cured his first ever grand prix vic­tory, and he will now be odds-on to record his sixth vic­tory in Mon­treal.

Hamil­ton laid down the gaunt­let with a su­per-quick opener in the fi­nal phase of qual­i­fy­ing be­fore Vet­tel bit back to move to within just four thou­sandths of that time.

But the 32-year-old re­sponded in me­te­oric fash­ion to stamp his mark on pole and join Senna in sec­ond on the all-time list, be­hind Michael Schu­macher.

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