MONTREAL (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton dismissed his pole position for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix as one of the poorest of his 53 successful qualifying laps.
"I think there's always room to improve," said the world champion.
"Honestly, that wasn't a great qualifying for me in terms of laps. They weren't that great.
"My pole lap was definitely at the lower end of the pole laps that I've had! So, considering that fact, I'm pretty happy I'm still on pole.
"Of course, in practice it was a much bigger gap. Today, I just didn't have the pace I had yesterday, but clearly it was enough.
"There was definitely more time in it, but it was great to see how close we all were for the fans. Ferrari have picked up the pace and this is a good track for them. We're excited to race them tomorrow."
Hamilton grabbed pole with a best lap in 1min 12.812sec to edge out his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and claim his fifth pole at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which is one of his favourite tracks. It was his fourth of the season and the 53rd of his career.