Formula One

 
               === Rosberg tops Hamilton for Canadian GP pole ===
 
 Montreal,  QC  (SportsNetwork.com) - Nico  Rosberg will  start on the pole for
 Sunday's   Canadian  Grand  Prix  after  beating  his  Mercedes  teammate  and
 championship rival Lewis Hamilton by a slim margin in qualifying.
 
 Rosberg,  the current  leader in the Formula One world championship standings,
 made  a lap  around the 2.709-mile (4.361-kilometer) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
 in 1 minute, 14.874 seconds in Saturday's qualifying for his seventh career F1
 pole,  including  his third  this season  and first in  Canada. Two weeks ago,
 Rosberg  started  on the pole  and won the Monaco  Grand Prix, allowing him to
 reclaim the top spot in the standings.
 
 "It's been a fantastic day and also all through the weekend really progressing
 all  the time, getting stronger and stronger," Rosberg said. "It's really cool
 and best position for [Sunday's race] of course."
 
 Hamilton's  lap  time in  1:14.953  was  only  0.079 seconds  behind  Rosberg.
 Hamilton  has won the Canadian GP three times -- 2007 (his maiden F1 victory),
 '10  and '12, all of them when he drove for McLaren. He trails Rosberg by just
 four points (122-118) entering this race.
 
 "Nico  did  a fantastic job today,  so congratulations to him," Hamilton said.
 "Just  wasn't  the greatest qualifying  session. Sometimes you have good ones,
 sometimes  you have bad ones. But it's great for the team that we have got the
 one-two  in  qualifying. A really fantastic  performance by the team, so let's
 hope we can make history tomorrow."
 
 Either  Rosberg or Hamilton  has won the pole in each of the first seven grand
 prix this season. Mercedes has claimed the victory in all six races.
 
 Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull qualified third with a lap in 1:15.548. Vettel,
 the  four-time and defending world champion, won the Canadian GP for the first
 time last year.
 
 "All  in all, a very good result," Vettel said. "I think it was the maximum we
 could  do, very  close with the people  behind, obviously half a second to the
 Mercedes  in front,  but yeah,  I  think four  cars  were within  five or  six
 hundredths  of  a second,  so obviously, I'm  happy to be  the quickest one of
 those."
 
 Valtteri Bottas from Williams took the fourth spot, while his teammate, Felipe
 Massa, was fifth. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took the sixth spot, followed by
 Fernando Alonso from Ferrari and Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne.
 
 McLaren's Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen from Ferrari completed the top-10.
 
 Esteban  Gutierrez missed qualifying after his Sauber team determined that his
 chassis  needs to be changed following a crash in final practice, held earlier
 in  the day.  Esteban will race at the stewards' discretion, starting from the
 rear of the field.
 
 Sunday's 70-lap Canadian GP is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET.
 
 06/07 17:37:22 ET

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