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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole, Rosberg 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  2. Sunday's race live online and 5 live Sports Extra at 19:00 BST
  3. Sainz hits 'wall of champions' in Q2

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton loves sitting outside the rear window of a Mercedes, doesn't he?

It was his day today but it was not as dominant as he would have liked. Little over a tenth of a second separated the top three and you can be sure Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel will keep Hamilton honest tomorrow.

It promises to be a fascinating race, so join us for build up at 17:30 BST. Cheerio.

Kevin Magnussen starts at the back tomorrow after failing to make it into qualifying after crashing in final practice.

Meanwhile, Daniil Kvyat (13th) and Marcus Ericsson (19th) have three-place grid penalties for causing collisions at the previous round in Monaco.

Kevin Magnussen's car is recovered after a crash
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Great picture. It was like the back row of a cinema with all the kissing of the Wall of Champions today. 

So close! Gave it everything but just 0.015 off Q2. P17 but good progress. #JP30 #CanadianGP

So close! Gave it everything but just 0.015 off Q2. P17 but good progress. #JP30 #CanadianGP

Not a sexy lap

Here's a bit more from Lewis Hamilton, who rates that as as one of his worst pole laps: "I think there's always room to improve. 

"Honestly that wasn't a great qualifying for me in terms of laps, they weren't that great. My pole lap was definitely at the lower end of the pole laps that I've had - so considering that fact I'm pretty happy I'm still on pole.

"Of course in practice it was much bigger a gap and today just didn't have the pace I had yesterday, but clearly it was enough. There was definitely more time in it but it was great to see how close we all were for the fans."

Lewis Hamilton gets out of his car after qualifying on pole
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Or maybe Max?

Satisfied qualifying P5. Bit of oversteer in Q3, but the race will bring chances. Looking forward! #CanadianGP

Satisfied qualifying P5. Bit of oversteer in Q3, but the race will bring chances. Looking forward! #CanadianGP

Will there be a first-time winner in Canada tomorrow?

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are all previous winners in Canada.

Nico Rosberg is the best placed driver to break his Canada duck.

English spirit

So as one Englishman qualifies on pole, you can follow all the action of some more Englishmen - the football team are in action against Russia at Euro 16. 

There's live text commentary and BBC Radio 5 live coverage here. 

Joe HArt
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Hungry Seb

'#Seb5 why did you say 'Scusami'(sorry) on the radio?' 'Because as a driver you think there is always a bit more'

'#Seb5 why did you say 'Scusami'(sorry) on the radio?' 'Because as a driver you think there is always a bit more'

While Fernando Alonso was happy with his qualifying display, Jenson Button was not as happy after securing 12th: "Up until the last sector it was looking pretty good but we start on new tyres tomorrow so we should be alright. 

"Getting in the points is the aim if it's dry but if it's wet, we are very good in terms of strategy, so we will see what we can do."

James Hunt driving a McLaren in 1976
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Mercedes now have three poles in Canada, but McLaren lead the way with 11. Their third came courtesy of James Hunt 40 years ago. (Source: Forix)

'A nice gift'

Fernando Alonso
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Get the deckchair out. The good times are here for Fernando Alonso. For the third race weekend in a row, he's qualified in the top 10.

"It was a nice surprise to be in Q3, a nice gift," said Alonso. "With the weather forecast, anything can happen."

Lewis Hamilton is talking to Sky F1 right now and isn't completely happy, despite being on pole.

He says it wasn't the best lap he had ever had, especially after he was half a second quicker than Nico Rosberg on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
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More from Lewis Hamilton: "Ferrari have picked up the pace and this is a good track for them. We're excited to race them tomorrow."

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Am I too late on this? Mad Max Verstappen. Would love it if he claimed a shock win #bbcf1

I'm genuinely surprised it took us so long to get this one. Top work Bibhash!

Sebastian Vettel, who starts from third tomorrow: "I was maybe a bit greedy out of turn 10 and not greedy enough out of turn six. I wanted to get below the 13 mark to get near the Mercedes but only just."

Sebastian Vettel in his press conference
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Nico Rosberg does have reason to be optimistic if history is anything to go by. Since 2000, the race has been won from pole just six times.    

All to play for.

Nico Rosberg, who qualified second: "I tried to pull one out of the bag but it didn't work. Second place, a great team result and for tomorrow. Everything is still possible.

"The weather forecast is all over the place so from second place it is all do-able."

Ncio Rosberg in his press conference
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Lewis Hamilton on his 53rd pole and fifth at Montreal: "It doesn't matter how far ahead as long as you're ahead. Today I didn't have the pace I had yesterday but it was enough. It was great for the fans to see how close we all were. It's going to be interesting tomorrow but it's a great place to start."

Lewis Hamilton
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The drivers news conference is up now. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have a little natter as the drivers are introduced. Nico Rosberg sits stony faced, staring dead ahead. 

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
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#bbcf1 There is no stopping Hamilton from now on and Rosberg knows it.

A fifth pole position for Lewis Hamilton in Canada, putting him in prime position for a fifth win on the circuit. He is absolutely on it round here.

Qualifying - the rest

11) Perez 12) Button 13) Kvyat 14) Gutierrez 15) Grosjean 16) Sainz 17) Palmer 18) Wehrlein 19) Ericsson 20) Nasr 21) Haryanto 

Did not run: Magnussen

Jolyon Palmer
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Sweary Sebastian is back again.

"I tried guys, I tried. Not enough. BEEP!"

It was a good effort from Vettel. He was just 0.178s off Lewis Hamilton's pole time.

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#bbcf1 . Lewis´s class is permanent, Nico´s form is not.

Lewis Hamilton
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Canadian GP qualifying top 10

1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Ricciardo 5) Verstappen 6) Raikkonen 7) Bottas 8) Massa 9) Hulkenberg 10) Alonso.  

Lewis Hamilton qualifies on pole
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Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Rosberg didn't do a flying lap, he was coming down into turn one, locked up the front tyre and knew there was no point pursuing it.

Scrappy stuff from Nico Rosberg as he locked up at Turn One. Feeling the pressure?

Chequered flag

Nico Rosberg pits, so Lewis Hamilton is on pole for the Canadian Grand Prix!

Much better from Sebastian Vettel as he moves up to third. No improvement from Lewis Hamilton are a strong start to his lap, what's Nico Rosberg got?

Sebastian Vettel
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Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest first sector of anyone so far...

Better from Kimi Raikkonen as he clocks 1:13.579 but that's only good enough for sixth.

Two minutes to go and now the battle for pole position enters the end game. Tense!

Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen left it late to emerge but they are out now and getting their first timed laps in. Massa's first effort puts him seventh, but Raikkonen is 10th, way off the pace. Must have messed his lap up somewhere. We go again.

"I think I brushed the wall of champions," says Sebastian Vettel. He did as well, but looks like he has got away with no real damage to his Ferrari.

After those first runs it is: 

1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Verstappen 4) Vettel 5) Ricciardo 6) Bottas 7) Hulkenberg 8) Alonso

First blood to Lewis Hamilton! A 1:12.812 from the Briton puts him P1 and Nico Rosberg can't beat it as he crosses the line with a time 0.062s slower.

Lewis Hamilton
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Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Two tenths of a second could be two or three grid rows.

Izzy wizzy, let's get busy!  Everyone is on track apart from Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.

Final qualifying starts

The light goes green at the end of the pit lane and the top 10 shoot out is under way.

Who's going to be on pole? We'll know in 12 minutes.

The cars leave the pit lane
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Carlos Sainz after his crash into the wall: "It is not a good feeling, I was on a very quick lap, risking a lot. I was pushing like hell, I went for it, sometimes it happens and you are the hero but this time it didn't. The car is not in the best place but I am confident the mechanics will have the car ready for tomorrow."