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Rosberg on pole

Montreal: Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday, with Mercedes teammate and closest rival Lewis Hamilton beaten into second place at a favourite circuit.

The pole was the seventh in seven races for the sport’s dominant team, who have won every grand prix so far this season and finished one-two in the last five.

After controversy surrounded his pole in Monaco two weeks ago, Rosberg left no room for argument on a sunny afternoon at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The German, who is four points clear of Hamilton but has never finished higher than fifth in Canada, pulled out a stunning lap of one minute 14.874 seconds to beat the Briton by 0.079.

“I know it’s a track where he’s very strong,” said Rosberg. “I’m very happy that it worked out. It’s been a fantastic day....”