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2014-06-07 21:56

ONE-TWO: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg secured pole position during qualifying with team mate Lewis Hamilton second on the grid for the 2013 Canadian GP. Image: AFP/Mark Thompson.

MONTREAL, Cananda - Formula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg took pole position on Saturday for Sunday's (June 8) 2014 Canadian GP with Mercedes team mate and closest rival Lewis Hamilton 0.97sec slower in second place.

The team's 1-2 start will be the seventh of seven races so far in 2014 for the sport's dominant team; Mercedes has won every GP so far this season and finished 1-2 in the previous five.

Controversy surrounded Rosberg's pole in Monaco two weeks earlier but this time he left no room for argument on a sunny afternoon at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit.


Rosberg is four points clear of Hamilton but has never finished higher than fifth in Canada, delivered a stunning lap of 1min14.874. He said later: "I know it's a track where Hamilton is very strong so I'm very happy that it worked out.

"It's been a fantastic day."

Rosberg had already thrown down the gauntlet to his team mate by going fastest with his first flying lap of the third and final session on the island layout on Saturday and Hamilton failed to meet the challenge despite winning there three times - the first time was his first GP win back in 2007.

He said later: "Nico did a fantastic job today, so congratulations to him. It just wasn't the greatest qualifying session for me. Sometimes you have good ones, sometimes you have bad ones, but it's great for the team that we've got the 1-2 and a really fantastic performance by the team.

"Let's hope we can make history on Sunday."

Two weeks earlier, in Monaco, Hamilton suggested Rosberg had deliberately brought out yellow warning flags near the end of qualifying with an incident that denied him the chance of going fastest.

Red Bull's quadruple Drivers' champion Sebastian Vettel, 2013's race winner, will start third with Mercedes-powered Williams' driver Valtteri Bottas fourth ahead of team mate Felipe Massa.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will start sixth and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, winner here in 2006 and runner-up in 2013, seventh.

2014 Canadian GP qualifying

1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min14.874
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min14.953
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - Renault 1min15.548
4 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1min15.550
5 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1min15.578
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - Renault 1min15.589
7 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min15.814
8 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min16.162
9 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min16.182
10 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min16.214
11 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1min16.300
12 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1min16.310
13 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1min16.472
14 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 1min16.687
15 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min16.713
16 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1min17.314
17 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault 1min18.328
18 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 1min18.348
19 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari 1min18.359
20 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault 1min19.278
21 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault 1min19.820
22 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari (no time, car damaged)
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