Lewis Hamilton made no secret of his delight after claiming a poignant pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday in Montreal.
The British driver claimed a comfortable sixth pole of the season ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, beating the German by three-tenths of a second come the end of the session.
It marked Hamilton’s 44th pole position in F1 – the same number as his car – at the track where he claimed his first pole and first win back in 2007 as a rookie.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Hamilton said. “This is where I got my first pole and my first win so it’s very special.
“It wasn’t the easiest start to the day. I didn’t get much running this morning, partly down to me and also the flags, so we went into qualifying a little less prepared than we’d like.
“But the car felt great this afternoon and the team did an amazing job – especially after yesterday. Ferrari look like they’ve got good race pace and they’re improving all the time, so we have to keep pushing. But hopefully we’ll have the edge tomorrow.”
The Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBC from 2pm ET on Sunday, with F1 Countdown starting at 1:30pm ET on NBCSN.