Lewis Hamilton has enjoyed considerable success in the Canadian Grand Prix, winning the title four times in the past, and the British driver will start as a favourite after qualifying in the pole position. Mercedes' Hamilton was the fastest in qualifying, followed by team mate Nico Rosberg. The duo will start the race from first and second position in the Canadian Grand Prix, respectively, giving them a huge advantage from the start.
However, such an advantage may count to nothing if their cars fail them, primarily, Hamilton, who has suffered engine failures this season. However, his team is said to have devoted time to his car in the garage, hoping no such problems creep in the Canadian Grand Prix for Hamilton.
Rosberg, on the other hand, has been below par in the last two races, after winning the first four. The German will be keen to give Hamilton a run for his money. Hamilton has looked in top form since the Canadian Grand Prix practice session, and the defending champions is aware of the need to get off the blocks quickly without any hitch on Sunday.
"In practice it was a much bigger gap than today. Today I just didn't have the pace that 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, I think that's great for the fans to see. An amazing turnout on a Saturday here today, as always, and I'm glad that it stayed dry. Going to be interesting tomorrow but it's the best place to start that's for sure," F1's official website quoted Hamilton as saying.
Though Hamilton might be a favourite for his fifth Canadian Grand Prix title, Rosberg will test his team mate to the hilt with his pace down the straight. Hamilton has started four races in pole position in F1 2016 season, but failed to back that performance with a win, and Rosberg will be keen to overtake the defending champion from the second position in the Canadian Grand Prix.
"From second anything's possible, I know that and I will give it everything, but definitely the pole would have been better today, for sure. But I will still try and go for the win tomorrow," Rosberg said.
Though the focus will be on Hamilton and Rosberg, Ferrari and Red Bull have provided some tough competition to Mercedes in F1 2016 season, and the Canadian Grand Prix is expected to be no different. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who is yet to win a race this season, will push the Mercedes drivers. Vettel was quite disappointed after the qualifying session as he felt a pole position was achievable if he had drove better on Sunday.
"I wanted to get below the 1m 13s mark because then I knew it would be very close with the Mercedes. I did that but just by one hundredth so yeah, a little bit was missing but overall I think we have a great car, we did a step so I'm happy with how the weekend has turned out. We did a step or so overnight so I felt in general very comfortable and enjoyed qualifying a lot," Vettel said.
These three drivers are the usual contenders, but Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has been one of the best drivers in the F1 this season, and will be eager to collect some important points in the Canadian Grand Prix. The Australian will aim for a podium finish, starting from the third position in the grid. His team mate Max Verstappen will drive from the fifth place.
Besides the mentioned drivers above, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg will all be eager to jump on any blip by drivers in the top half of the grid.
Where to watch live
The Canadian Grand Prix 2016 F1 race is schedule for 2 pm local time (11:30 pm IST, 6.30 pm BST)
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