Stroll ends Mercedes' streak with shock pole in Turkey

Formula One F1 - Turkish Grand Prix - Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey - November 14, 2020 Racing Point's Lance Stroll celebrates after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Canadian Lance Stroll celebrated a stunning first career pole position for Racing Point at the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday to end Mercedes’ season-long stranglehold on qualifying.

Stroll was the first Canadian on pole since 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will join Stroll on the front row with Racing Point’s Mexican Sergio Perez third after a rain-delayed qualifying session on a slippery Istanbul Park track.

Six times world champion Lewis Hamilton qualified sixth for a race that could seal his seventh title, with team mate and sole title rival Valtteri Bottas ninth.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Mark Potter