Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix by just 0.062 seconds over team-mate Nico Rosberg who made an error on his final flying lap.
Ferrari was the closest its even been this year to pole position, with Sebastian Vettel just being 0.178 shy of Hamilton’s flyer.
Ricciardo once again showed his class, and out-qualified the highly regarded Max Verstappen, despite kissing the Wall of Champions on his final flying lap.
Story of the session
With rain in the radar, once again it was a stampede to get back onto the track for a banker lap. As Q1 was underway, Vettel was on a mega-charge to try and overtake Hamilton for track position, but the Briton would not allow the German to do so – and Vettel soon backed out of it.
The early standard was set by Nico Rosberg, which was a 1.14.001, and edged out Sebastian Vettel by 0.884, with team-mate Hamilton closely followed.
Williams soon proved that Montreal’s track profile suits the FW38, and Bottas soon stormed to P2, yet be it more than half a second off Nico Rosberg.
Red Bull soon set their first laps, with Ricciardo going faster than Verstappen, yet be it half a second off the pace.
Ricciardo soon set a more comparable time, and went third fastest, with a 1.14.030.
Meanwhile, with raindrops falling, it was a very competitive battle to make the cut through to Q2. Haas, Renault, Manor, Force India, Toro Rosso and Sauber were all pushing hard to make the cut. To add to the drama, yellow flags were out as Rio Haryanto clipped the wall and suffered a right-rear puncture.
At the end of Q1 Palmer, Wehrlein, Ericsson, Nasr and Haryanto were all eliminated.
As seen in Q1, in Q2 once again there was a lengthy queue to set a banker lap, in hope to avoid rain.
As the drama of Q2 begun, Carlos Sainz fell victim of the infamous Wall of Champions, which as a result ended the Spaniard’s qualifying and Red Flagged the session.
As Q2 resumed, the two Williams cars were first to take to the track, closely followed by the two Mercedes, having not set a time.
Felipe Massa soon set the fastest time, ahead of Valtteri Bottas. The Williams drivers fastest lap was a 1.14.130.
The Williams drivers weren’t able to retain their 1-2 advantage, Hamilton set an impressive 1.13.076, with Rosberg just just 0.018 adrift of his team-mate.
Red Bull secured the ‘best of the rest’ slots, with third for Ricciardo and fourth for Verstappen, however Ferrari weren’t able to set a representative time. Raikkonen was P6 and Vettel was P7.
Fernando Alonso made his third consecutive Q3 appearance for McLaren, whilst Monaco podium sitter, Sergio Perez was knocked out, as well as Jenson Button – who made a mistake on his flying lap. In addition, the two Haas’ and Toro Rosso cars were knocked out of Q2.
As the drivers set their first laps, it was Hamilton he held a 0.062 advantage over team-mate Nico Rosberg. The battle for the second row nonetheless was shaking up, with Verstappen and Vettel separated by less than a tenth of a second.
Hamilton retained his stellar pole lap, whilst Vettel closed the gap to the Mercedes, being just 0.178 off Hamilton’s lap, but crucially out-qualified both Red Bull cars.