It was an emotional moment after Lewis Hamilton secured pole at the 2017 Grand Prix du Canada, over taking championship rival Sebastian Vettel for the top spot by a small margin. Hamilton’s Formula One pole positions now match those of F1 great Ayrton Senna’s at 65.
As additional entertainment for the fans, an interview was conducted at Turn 1 called Senna Corner – named after the Brazilian F1 legend Ayrton Senna.
Spectators were treated with a special moment, when Hamilton was presented with a race-worn helmet that once belonged to his childhood hero Senna himself. After Hamilton was done talking to fans at the grandstand, the helmet was handed to him on behalf of the Senna family at a corner named after him.
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Hamilton said he was “speechless” before removing the helmet from its casing and holding it up for fans to see. “Wow, I’m shaking. Ayrton, I know for many of you was your favourite driver and he was for me. He inspired me to be where I am today so to receive this is the greatest honour.”
It was a battle between Mercedes and Ferrari in the qualifying session in Montreal with track temperatures of 44 degrees. Hamilton kept a fast pace with the ultra soft tyres in Q3, with Sebastian Vettel 0.004 seconds behind Hamilton’s penultimate time, before bringing up the speed in the final run. Valtteri Bottas will line up behind his teammate in third place, with his countryman Kimi Raikkonen lining up in fourth.
Montreal is now the sixth most-visited F1 circuit, and is celebrating 50 years since holding its first Grand Prix. Hamilton’s 2017 Montreal pole is his sixth at the circuit, and he will be fighting for his sixth win in Canada.
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