Having equalled Ayrton Senna’s record of 65 pole positions in Canada last Saturday, Paddy Lowe reckoned that the Briton has uncanny ability to produce extraordinary single laps out of nowhere. Despite appearing that Ferrari could edge away the top-spot in Montreal, it was Hamilton who did a sublime lap to claim pole position.
The Mercedes driver stormed to pole with the first-ever sub 1:12 lap at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 1:11.459, and beat Sebastian Vettel by more than three tenths of a second. His efforts gained him a replica of Senna’s 1987 helmet with the real one follow suite later.
And Lowe, who has overseen both the great drivers, believes there is definitely something Senna-esque about Hamilton. Asked if Hamilton has Senna’s speed, he replied: “Yeah, undoubtedly.” The multiple world champion went on to win the race and rounded out a perfect weekend for himself and his team in style.