The Mercedes tensions look set to continue as Nico Rosberg took pole ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton in less controversial circumstances than the last race at Monaco.
With just under seven minutes remaining of Q3 it was Hamilton who topped the times, with his 1:15.104 swiftly beaten by Rosberg’s time of 1:14.946.
Rosberg’s pole position time swiftly followed just before the checkered flag, improving his time to 1:14.874, a whole 0.041 seconds ahead of his teammate.
Yet another Mercedes front row was followed by the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, who set a blistering final lap just before the end of the session to move into third place ahead of the two Williams cars of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa respectively.
There was to be further disappointment for Ferrari, who were only able to muster a seventh place finish through Fernando Alonso who once again dominated teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who could only take a tenth place finish.
McLaren endured a similarly difficult qualifying session, with Jenson Button grabbing ninth ahead of Alonso, while teammate Kevin Magnussen went out in Q2 in a lowly twelth.
More surprisingly, Force India saw both cars go out in Q2 as Sergio Perez managed to spin in the session and recover to thirteenth, two places behind Nico Hulkenberg.
Lotus also endured a tough qualifying, Pastor Maldonado’s loss of power in Q3 saw the Venezuelan pull off the track into a runoff and seal his seventeenth placed start. Romain Grosjean had a slight improvement, making it to Q2 before bowing out in fourteenth.
Otherwise, it was business as usual as Marcus Ericsson, Diego Kobayashi, Jules Bianchi and the slightly unfortunate Max Chilton joined Maldonado to bow out in Q3.
In Q2, it was Adrian Sutil and Danil Kyvat who joined Grosjean, Perez and Magnussen in sitting out Q1.
While Mercedes look set to once again rule the roost in the Grand Prix on Sunday, Renault’s talk of upgrades has seen the Red Bull of Vettel close to less than a second on the two Silver Arrows.
However, once again the focus will be on the Silver duo at the top. While Rosberg and Hamilton have publicly made up, Rosberg topping Hamilton again will rankle with the British driver as Rosberg drove flawlessly to take a pole position ahead of the Montreal Grand Prix.
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