Pole-sitter Hamilton hopes to stay out in front

PUBLISHED: 16:55 08 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton driving round the Montreal track Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton driving round the Montreal track Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

TODAY S pole position in Canada is only Lewis Hamilton s second of the 2008 Formula 1 season. The 23-year-old from Herts took first place on the grid in Melbourne at the season opening Australian Grand Prix in March. McLaren driver Hamilton finally claime

Lewis Hamilton takes a corner in qualifying

TODAY'S pole position in Canada is only Lewis Hamilton's second of the 2008 Formula 1 season.

The 23-year-old from Herts took first place on the grid in Melbourne at the season opening Australian Grand Prix in March.

McLaren driver Hamilton finally claimed pole again yesterday around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - the scene of his maiden F1 victory 12 months ago.

Asked to explain what went right, Hamilton replied: "I think everything came together.

"We had good gaps, the car feels good and I think we are really on top of our game this weekend.

"For whatever reason, we seem to have better pace than the others and so I am comfortable where we are."

Hamilton won from pole position last year in Montreal and starting from the front again has given him that extra impetus to claim another Canadian victory.

With a history of changeable weather and safety cars, the Canadian Grand Prix is always difficult to judge.

"This is a circuit where you can overtake," said Hamilton yesterday after qualifying.

"It is not easy to follow, but it is always best to be out in front on any circuit.

"Last year I had a great race and being able to control the pace and being able to control people under the safety cars was the key.

"Tomorrow is going to be very, very tough.

"I really hope that the safety car doesn't cause us any problems."

Hamilton is not only chasing back-to-back wins in Canada, but also in the current championship after taking the chequered flag in the Monaco GP last month.

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