MONTREAL (Reuters) - Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday with championship-leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg qualifying alongside him on the front row.
It was the Briton's fifth pole position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he has won four times, and 53rd of his career. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel qualified third with Australian Daniel Ricciardo lining up fourth for Red Bull.
McLaren Honda showed improvements again, with Fernando Alonso making it to Q3 for the third race in a row, eventually finishing 10th, behind Nico Hulkenberg's Force India. Alonso's teammate Jenson Button was 12th, 0.2 of a second behind the Spaniard.
Hamilton's pole means he has a good chance of cutting into Nico Rosberg's lead at the top of the championship, as the two-time world champions trails his German teammate by 24 points, with the Monaco win having helped him reduce Rosberg's lead.
Wet weather lies in store for the race, something that could favour Hamilton, who excels in wet conditions.
(Editing by Alan Baldwin)