Formula One

Rosberg tops Hamilton for Canadian GP pole

Montreal, QC ( - Nico Rosberg will start on the pole for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix after beating his Mercedes teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton by a slim margin in qualifying.

Rosberg, the current leader in the Formula One world championship standings, made a lap around the 2.709-mile (4.361-kilometer) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1 minute, 14.874 seconds in Saturday's qualifying for his seventh career F1 pole, including his third this season and first in Canada. Two weeks ago, Rosberg started on the pole and won the Monaco Grand Prix, allowing him to reclaim the top spot in the standings.

Hamilton's lap time in 1:14.953 was only 0.079 seconds behind Rosberg. Hamilton has won the Canadian GP three times -- 2007 (his maiden F1 victory), '10 and '12, all of them when he drove for McLaren. He trails Rosberg by just four points (122-118) entering this race.

Either Rosberg or Hamilton has won the pole in each of the first seven grand prix this season. Mercedes has claimed the victory in all six races.

Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull qualified third with a lap in 1:15.548. Vettel, the four-time and defending world champion, won the Canadian GP for the first time last year.

Valtteri Bottas from Williams took the fourth spot, while his teammate, Felipe Massa, was fifth. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took the sixth spot, followed by Fernando Alonso from Ferrari and Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne.

McLaren's Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen from Ferrari completed the top-10.

Sunday's 70-lap Canadian GP is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET.

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