"Wow, I am shaking", said the three-time world champion, who had broken the lap record at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on his way to securing pole for Mercedes in today's Canadian Grand Prix. "Montreal is a lovely place, and it's been home to me, I've grown with many fans who were teenagers when I started, and if I was going to get that special pole I wanted it to be here". As for me, I lost the auto in Turn 2 and from there I knew I had to catch up. "It should be really good in the race".
"There was a lot of potential in the vehicle, but I was not driving very well and did not manage to put a good lap together", said the Finn. "It's all about tomorrow".
Hamilton claimed his maiden Formula One victory in Montreal 10 years ago and on Sunday seeks his sixth victory at the circuit. But a return to Canada, where he earned his first victory in 2007 and is the two-time defending champion, gives Mercedes a chance to close the gap in the standings.
"I am speechless", added the Briton as he was interviewed after receiving the helmet on track. "Today we showed that we can have an answer (to Ferrari) if we put the work in".
"I knew that Montreal has been a handsome place and a lovely home for me in the many years since my first win here".
"This circuit is not our favorite and doesn't particularly suit us, so (fifth) was the best we could aim for", Verstappen said. "We can't do that at the moment". I am sure we're going to have a very close race.
And while Wolff does think Rosberg might eventually return to F1, the Austrian team boss does not see his former driver following in Fernando Alonso's footsteps by crossing the Atlantic. That's great. It's maybe not so easy to overtake here, but it'll be a long race tomorrow. "And, if we can be in the points, that'll be great".
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton gestures to the crowd after the qualifying session ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal June 11, 2017.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain races his vehicle at the hairpin turn during the qualifying session at the F1 Canadian Grand Prix auto race, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Montreal.
Qualifying was scheduled for Saturday afternoon on a sunny and warm day on Montreal's Isle Notre-Dame.