Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set a blistering lap time to take pole position earlier today at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who equalled his idol Ayrton Senna’s record of 65 pole positions, sped home with an amazing lap time of 1min11.459secs, almost three-tenths quicker than his closest rival Sebastian Vettel.

He also beat Ralf Schumacher’s 2004 lap record of 1min12.275secs, proving just how much quicker the 2017 generation of Formula One cars are compared to last year.

An emotional Hamilton was presented with a race-worn Senna helmet in the post-qualifying podium interviews, in front of the crowds of spectators in turn 2 – a helmet gifted to him by Senna’s family.

It has proven to be a popular move, with many journalists carefully inspecting the helmet shortly afterwards.

Earlier in the afternoon, reports surfaced of a trial for spectators in the grandstands of free Wi-Fi, a move that has been seen as yet another way in which new owners Liberty Media aims to improve the entertainment value of the sport.