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Hamilton disappointed with Canadian GP pole lap, wary of Ferrari threat

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Lewis Hamilton admitted that he was disappointed with his pole position lap during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix despite heading up a Mercedes one-two in qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Hamilton posted a fastest lap of 1:12.812 to score his fifth pole position in Montreal and the 53rd of his F1 career on Saturday, edging out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by six-hundredths of a second in Q3.

Neither Hamilton nor Rosberg managed to improve their times with their second runs late in the session, allowing Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to finish within two-tenths of a second in the final classification.

Hamilton was pleased with pole, but felt he could have gone much quicker after gapping the field by several tenths in practice on Friday.

“To be honest it doesn’t matter how far you are ahead, as long as you’re ahead,” Hamilton said.

“In practice there was a much bigger gap. Today, I just didn’t have the pace that I had yesterday, but it was enough.

“I think there was definitely more time in it, but it was great to see how close we all were. It’s going to be interesting tomorrow. It’s the best place to start, that’s for sure.”

Ferrari arrived in Montreal armed with several updates for its SF16-H car, including a new turbo on its power unit that has drawn it close to Mercedes.

“Ferrari have obviously picked up the pace with the upgrades they’ve brought on their car,” Hamilton said.

“This is a great track to test their ultimately speed. We’re excited to have the race with them. I think it should be exciting for the fans.

“Their long runs looked very strong. I don’t know if they were stronger than ours, but we shall see tomorrow.”

The Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBC and Live Extra from 1pm ET on Sunday.

IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.

STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.