Montreal: Nico Rosberg took pole position for Sunday`s Canadian Grand Prix with a commanding demonstration of speed as he outpaced his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a thrilling conclusion to Saturday`s qualifying session.
Two weeks after his controversial pole at the Monaco Grand Prix, Rosberg drove with flawless control to edge beyond his team-mate and nearest title rival by just 0.079 seconds.
The 28-year-old German secured his second successive pole, his third this year and the seventh of his career with a best lap time of one minute and 14.874 seconds to shatter the impression that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would see Hamilton regain supremacy over this team-mate.
It was the fourth one-two on the grid for Mercedes this year. It was Rosberg`s first pole in Montreal and came on a circuit where Hamilton had previously won three.
Germany`s defending four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel bounced back from an inconsistent weekend to grab third place in his Red Bull car ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas and his Williams team-mate Felipe Massa of Brazil.