Lewis Hamilton: “Hopefully we’ll have the edge tomorrow”

Lewis Hamilton took his 44th career pole position in Montreal, with the driver of the #44 Mercedes AMG PETRONAS beating his team-mate Nico Rosberg by more than three-tenths of a second.

After having a compromised final practice on Saturday morning, where the reigning World Champion finished twentieth and last, he got his act together when it mattered, and took his sixth pole of the season at the circuit where he took his first pole back in 2007.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” insisted Hamilton. “This is where I got my first pole and my first win so it’s very special.

“It wasn’t the easiest start to the day. I didn’t get much running this morning, partly down to me and also the flags, so we went into qualifying a little less prepared than we’d like.

“But the car felt great this afternoon and the team did an amazing job – especially after yesterday.”

Hamilton believes Ferrari will have strong pace on race day, but hopes the Mercedes package will enable him to convert the pole position into a fourth win of 2015.

“Ferrari look like they’ve got good race pace and they’re improving all the time, so we have to keep pushing,” said Hamilton. “But hopefully we’ll have the edge tomorrow.”