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Summary

  1. Hamilton takes 65th career pole position - equalling Senna
  2. Vettel 2nd, Bottas 3rd, Raikkonen 4th
  3. Alonso out in Q2 with Palmer, Wehrlein crashes in Q1
  4. Get involved #bbcf1: who are the best qualifiers?

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Simply brilliant

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Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel by more than three tenths of a second making it the most dominant qualifying performance of the year.

Hamilton is looking absolutely on it, but Ferrari have the pace to turn it into a real battle tomorrow. What a race we have in store.

Lights out at 19:00 BST, join us from 17:30. See you then.

Want to know what our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson made of qualifying? Read his report here.

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'More special than any trophy'

A few more quotes from Lewis Hamilton before we sign off.

“It is the most special thing I have, beyond all trophies and everything," he said.

“I am honoured to be honoured by that family. As I kid I thought maybe one day I can get to Formula 1 and emulate Ayrton. To equal him; I just can't believe it.”

Fernando Alonso has also got a gift today, although it's not quite in the same league as an Ayrton Senna helmet. He's got a picture of his leading laps from the Indy 500 and also gets to meet Michael Douglas. Bonus.

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'I remember watching videos of Ayrton'

Lewis Hamilton has just been speaking in the post-qualifying news conference and was clearly still overwhelmed by the emotions of equaling his hero's record.

"The fact that I have now reached him in that area I can't believe it," he said.

"I remember getting home from school and putting on the video tape of Ayrton Senna and I can't believe I'm here with that many poles."

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If you want insight into just how much that gift will mean to Lewis Hamilton, read his BBC Sport column about Ayrton Senna from 2014.

Here's an excerpt:

"My family realised I was interested in his driving so they encouraged me and bought me the books that told me more about Senna the man, and into my early teens I would go and get more from the library.

"I really came to understand his character and appreciate his amazing approach to racing. I knew that he started racing when he was a boy in Brazil, and that like me he'd been helped into karting by his dad. He moved to England when he was around 20 to pursue his dream, and I was impressed by that dedication.

"But it was the fact that Senna was just an out-and-out racer that was most important to me. I can really identify with that. It's exactly how I feel I am. That's why I feel I have had that connection with him since I was a kid."

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Non-Executive Chairman of Mercedes, Niki Lauda, speaking to Sky Sports: "We worked hard to not do the mistakes. Incredible laps. Unforseeable. We did not expect he could go this quick. Lewis did a fantastic job. The car was good and he was perfect.

"Qualifying is qualifying. For a good take-off it is best to start at the front, but the race will be tough."

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The helmet Lewis Hamilton was presented with was Ayrton Senna's from the 1987 season.

Hamilton achieved 65 career pole positions from the 194 qualifying sessions he has entered. Senna, meanwhile, did it in 162.

With 13 grands prix to go this season, Hamilton is surely going to break Michael Schumacher's record of 68 this year.

'A mega lap'

Valtteri Bottas, who finished third in qualifying: "Lewis had a mega lap. Well done to Lewis and Seb, but the race is tomorrow."

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Reece Young: Very touching and moving @LewisHamilton being presented with that Senna helmet. Looked physically shaken by it

Jack of all trades: Probably the best gift @LewisHamilton has ever received.

'I pushed too hard'

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Sebastian Vettel, who qualified second: "We have the pace [to win tomorrow].

"I am not so happy with my last run in qualifying. I probably pushed a little too hard."

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StephenSwart: How Good was that.. 65th Pole Position!! @LewisHamilton

'I'm shaking'

Hamilton was understandably emotional to receive that Ayrton Senna race helmet for equaling the legendary Brazilian's career pole positions record.

"I am shaking," he said. "I am speechless. Ayrton was my favourite driver. He inspired me to be where I am today. To receive this is a great honour. Thank you to the Senna family."

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Tears everywhere

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Rachel T: What a beautiful gesture from the Senna family. Made me well up!!

What a moment.

Will Buxton, who is doing the post-qualifying interviews, presents Lewis Hamilton with a race-worn Ayrton Senna helmet, gifted to the Briton by Senna's family.

Hamilton struggles to contain his emotions as he takes the helmet and lifts it into the air to huge applause from the fans.

"Wow," he says.

'I was gunning and pushing'

Lewis Hamilton, who secured his sixth career pole position in Canada: "You fans are the ones that make this Grand Prix special for us. Montreal has been good to me down the years. It was a close battle but I was gunning and pushing. Luckily I got the good lap.

"It was a sexy lap. A great lap. The team did great to learn from our mistakes in the last race. I owe this to the team."

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That was an outstanding session from Hamilton. Mercedes have given him the equipment and he has the focus. He will do any interview you want this afternoon.

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Lewis Hamilton hitches a lift off the safety car to head down to Turn 2 for the post-qualifying interviews.

Qualifying top 10

1) Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Bottas 4) Raikkonen 5) Verstappen 6) Ricciardo 7) Massa 8) Perez 9) Ocon 10) Hulkenberg

Level with a legend

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That's Lewis Hamilton's 65th career pole position, moving him level with Ayrton Senna.

How fitting that one of the best pole laps of his career equaled his hero's record.

What a lap. Sensational.

Chequered flag

Lewis Hamilton secures pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix!

And it's a scrappy lap by Sebastian Vettel, he can't beat Lewis Hamilton's time!

And Lewis Hamilton improves! A 1:11.459 to go three tenths clear of Sebastian Vettel.

Over to you, Sebastian...

Hamilton is up by a tenth of a second in the first sector...

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AADZ: Just wow! #vettel & #hamilton putting on a show in Montreal #CanadianGP#f1#bbcf1 exciting race ahead tomorrow

Lewis Hamilton is back out on the track with two minutes to go. Sebastian Vettel still in the pits so there's going to be quite the gap between Hamilton doing his flying lap and Vettel completing his.

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Vettel will have another set of tyres. He will get into the pit as quick as possible, do a quick change and try and wrestle the pole away from Hamilton.

How close is this!? Sebastian Vettel cuts the timing beam just four thousandths of a second down on Lewis Hamilton.

He is straight into the pits for a fresh set of ultra-softs ready for another crack at snatching pole position.

This isn't over yet.

Maybe this isn't the bag. Vettel is up on Lewis Hamilton in the first sector...

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Right now, I would like to be a fly on the wall in the Ferrari garage to hear the conversation between the drivers and engineers. I think they will have been rocked by that lap from Hamilton.

Surely Lewis Hamilton has this in the bag? Valtteri Bottas needs to find four tenths of a second to beat him while Sebastian Vettel needs more than six tenths.

After those first runs the order looks like this:

1) Hamilton 2) Bottas 3) Raikkonen 4) Vettel 5) Verstappen 6) Ricciardo 7) Massa 8) Perez 9) Ocon 10) Hulkenberg

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Rachel T: WHOOOAAAHHH LEWIS!!! WHAT A LAP FROM THE MASTER OF MONTREAL!!

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Valtteri Bottas slots in P2, four tenths down on his team-mate while Kimi Raikkonen is third, 0.5s off the pace.

First blood to Mercedes.

John Watson

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Stunning lap from Hamilton. He hooked round every one of the 14 corners. A blinding lap. By the far the quickest of this weekend.

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Where did this come from! Lewis Hamilton slams in a stunner of a lap to go SIX TENTHS quicker than Sebastian Vettel with a 1:11.791!

Toto Wolff is loving that, huge smile on his face as he watches on the screens.