Qualifying headlines made by Bottas but Vettel still No.1
Sebastian Vettel looks poised to put his Canadian hoodoo behind him after securing pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
The Red Bull man has never won here in Canada and sealed grid seniority for the third time this season as he finished just 0.087 seconds ahead of his Mercedes rival.
Hamilton completes the front row after preventing Nico Rosberg from becoming the first team-mate to out-qualify him four times on the spin.
The Englishman’s performance saw him finish an unusually hefty half a second ahead of his fellow Silver Arrows driver, who sits fourth on the grid after struggling to close the gap as the rain set in late into Q3.
The 2008 world champion will be confident of securing the victory, having already sealed success here on three occasions, including a first around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last year and is 6/1 to do so again.
Rosberg, a 14/1 shot, was hunting a fourth consecutive pole but couldn’t live with the pace set by the top two and will start fourth.
The real star of the day, however, was Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas.
The Williams driver produced a fantastic display as he deservedly sealed his position at the head of the second row.
The 24-year-old produced consistently impressive lap times as he clocked top five pace in Q2 before bettering that in Q3 to finish ahead of the vast majority of the world’s best.
Williams are yet to win a point this term and the Finn’s 50/1 to take the maximum on offer looks difficult to back given his vast inexperience.
Getting behind a points finish of any sort at 4/6 looks sensible, while those expecting the former GP3 man to hold his own and appear on the podium will be tempted by the 10/1 for top three honours.
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