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June 26 2017, 12:05 | Sammy Rose
It was Hamilton's third pole this year, his sixth in Canada - equaling the record of German Michael Schumacher, and the 65th of his career.
The Ferrari driver recovered to finish fourth, while Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas crossed the line in second to complete Mercedes' first one-two finish of the season as Red Bull'sDaniel Ricciardo claimed the final spot on the podium.
Behind Max Verstappen lept from fifth to second in the short run down to the first corner, swiping a chunk of Vettel's wing in the process and forcing the championship leader into an early pit stop.
Hamilton dominated proceedings in the 70-lap Montreal event, leading home team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a comfortable Mercedes one-two. As the two Ferraris went to attack the Force Indias of Perez and Ocon ahead of them, the question was whether Ferrari would tell Raikkonen to let Vettel through, but the problem solved itself when Raikkonen appeared to make a mistake and had to go down the escape road, allowing Vettel to pass him. "I can't think of a better place to do it". "It's been an fantastic weekend for me and I feel very grateful now that the day is done".
He said: "We always expect Mercedes to be quick, especially in the last segment (of qualifying), but today Lewis just did a better job".
"It is kind of insane to think I had my first pole position and grand prix win here 10 years ago".
"You see the trophy in front of you at the national anthem at the beginning of the race which is like 'here's what you could get'".
"Obviously, we're not the quickest vehicle on the track at the moment but we're managing to put it together on a Sunday", said Ricciardo.
The crash ushered on the Safety Car for three laps before racing resumed with Verstappen vying for the lead with Hamilton - but not for long.
"A big thank you to this crowd", said Hamilton from the podium where the actor Patrick Stewart served as interviewer. "Seeing the Ferrari further back, I thought, 'That's fantastic for us'". Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:58.632 8.
But it was Senna, Hamilton's favorite driver, who was the target.
Sunday's Montreal race now throws up the prospect of another titanic duel between two multi world champions, and though Vettel will be confident of challenging from the front row, Hamilton was delighted with his qualifying performance in the conditions.
Two weeks on from his heartbreaking retirement from the Indianapolis 500, Fernando Alonso suffered another late setback as he was forced to retire with just three laps to go while running P10 and on for McLaren's first point of the year.
The safety vehicle was deployed to deal with Sainz's stricken Toro Rosso, with Hamilton leading from Verstappen and Bottas.
Both drivers were unhurt in the incident - which prompted a Safety Car period - while Grosjean had to pit for a new front wing.
An emotional Hamilton said, "I am shaking... Wow..." Just a few laps later, Seb was into fourth with a decisive move on Perez down on the back-straight.