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Summary

  1. Hamilton hits wall, handing pole to Rosberg
  2. Perez 2nd but will start 7th after penalty
  3. Ricciardo inherits 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  4. Race coverage from 12:30 BST on Sunday

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By Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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Deal with it?

Tim Peake
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Astronaut Tim Peake returned to Earth today after six months at the International Space Startion and described his journey home as "the best ride I've been on, ever".

We're not convinced that Lewis Hamilton will be so effusive about his experience in qualifying in Baku.

However, if anyone can put a crash behind him and find a way through the field from 10th on the grid, it's the Briton.

The gap between him and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the title battle is nine points. Can he limit the damage? Or pull off something spectacular?

With the race starting at 14:00 BST, join us on Sunday to find out...

Perez looking good

He finished third in Monaco and now qualifying second-fastest in Azerbaijan... Sergio Perez is a man confident in his job at the moment...

Thumbs-up, Checo - but the best comes tomorrow! Vamos por mas mañana, Checo! #EuropeGP #FeelTheForce

Thumbs-up, Checo - but the best comes tomorrow! Vamos por mas mañana, Checo! #EuropeGP #FeelTheForce

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Marcus P Knight: Hats off to Daniil Kvyat sneaking into P6 ahead of Max Verstappen. Credit where it's due.  

Good point Marcus. The Russian qualified seventh but is promoted a place because of Sergio Perez's grid penalty.

Not so good for Kvyat's team-mate Carlos Sainz who could only manage 13th.

Want a full recap of exactly what happened in qualifying ? Then click here for Andrew Benson's report from Baku.

Identical times has happened before...

Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher
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It's not often that drivers set exactly the same time to a thousandth of a second, as Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel did here in clocking 1.43.996.

Maybe it's a European Grand Prix thing. Remember the title-deciding final race of the season in 1997 in Jerez when the top three of Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher and Heinz-Harald Frenzten all set times of 1.21.072 in qualifying?

The top 10

A reminder of how it ended up with the front... it's looking good for Rosberg to disappear into the distance if he can get a decent start tomorrow.

Rosberg: 1.42.758

Perez: 1.43.515 (five-place grid penalty for gearbox change)

Ricciardo: 1.43.996

Vettel: 1.43.996

Raikkonen: 1.44.269

Massa: 1.44.483

Kvyat: 1.44.717

Bottas: 1.45.246

Verstappen: 1.45.570

Hamilton: 2.01.954

Bottas isn't happy either, Max

Really bad Q today 👎 Starting 8th. In Q3 did not have a lap due to traffic and then red flag. Tomorrow!! #F1Baku

Really bad Q today 👎 Starting 8th. In Q3 did not have a lap due to traffic and then red flag. Tomorrow!! #F1Baku

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James Morgan: Those writing Hamilton off for the race & championship would do well to remember how far back he was just two races ago...

Robbie W: If anyone can fight form down the grid for the win it's Hamilton. Something very few other drivers can do, least of all Rosberg.

Simon Olivari: If they had brought the red flags out immediately for Hamilton's crash then Rosberg couldn't set his time! Interesting delay there.

Don Uorri: "The team made a change to something overnight." HAM trying to shift blame?

Bottas ruined our laps - Verstappen

Max Verstappen is not at all happy with Williams' Valtteri Bottas after they twice nearly came together in Q3, including as they were both starting their final flying laps.

"What happened? He was destroying my lap and he was destroying his own lap," the Dutchman tells Channel 4.

"I just don't understand it."

It feels I've got pole - Perez

A thrilled Sergio Perez, who qualified second but will start seventh because of his grid penalty, still says it feels like he achieved pole position.

"To be able to make the qualifying after the crash... obviously I'm still a bit angry about mistake this morning," he says.

"A mix of feelings. It was a very difficult session for me. not a lot of time after crash and to get the confidence back was great.

"The team deserve it more. Obviously with the penalty I start seventh but hopefully tomorrow we can have a strong race.

"I wasn't expecting to be as fast as this. We have to look forward for tomorrow."

Sergio Perez
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Everything worked out - Rosberg

Pole-sitter Nico Rosberg is understandably looking happy in the top-three press conference.

"It was great, one of the more challenging sessions out there. Everything worked out well," he says.

"All weekend we have been building towards this and qualifying was really optimum."

"They've done a great job up to now, with the track especially. It was an exciting qualifying. It's one of the easiest places to overtakes so it should be an exciting race."

Nico Rosberg
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'I was not on it today'

A not-very-chatty Lewis Hamilton on Sky Sports: "I couldn't tell you what the possibilities are for tomorrow. It's damage limitation from here. The team made a change to something overnight but I was just not on it today."

Lewis Hamilton car
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Final qualifying standings

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION: END OF #QUALI #EuropeGP 🇦🇿 #F1

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION: END OF #QUALI #EuropeGP 🇦🇿 #F1

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Sho Rahman: How costly is that error from Perez in practice now? What an opportunity missed. 

John Mathew: Rosberg can position himself well for a world title with a win tomorrow after today's qualifying.

Prashant Nimat: Great drive by Perez. Performing at his level best to pay Mallya's loan. Sad that he will receive a grid penalty. 

'Lewis has lost an opportunity'

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff tells Sky Sports: "Clearly Lewis has lost an opportunity. The car was good enough for pole position. It is tricky around here."

Bittersweet for Perez

A superb performance from Force India's Sergio Perez, who improves on his previous best qualifying position of fourth.

What a shame that his crash at the end of FP3 - and subsequent gearbox change - means he will start seventh.

But he could be a serious roadblock for Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's race. 

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Matthew: Hmm, wonder if Hamilton will "moan" about that incident

ad'n'freudian: Hamilton turns in too early. Bet the wall closed the door on him. 

Ryan Blythe: Bit of a rookie error that from Lewis. Advantage Rosberg for tomorrow.

Chris Lord: Who will be moaning now? Hamilton?

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"Without even doing a final run in qualifying the Mercedes is 0.8secs quicker than the field - how emphatic. In fact one of the best by a Mercedes all season. The good news for Hamilton is he will be in a good position to charge through the grid."

Rosberg pole, Hamilton 10th

Just when all the momentum seemed to be with Lewis Hamilton, it's very much advantage Nico Rosberg as the German takes pole position with his great rival back in 10th.

Nico Rosberg
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The top 10

ROS

PER

RIC

VET

RAI

MAS

KVY

BOT

VES

HAM

But remember Sergio Perez has a five-place grid penalty so will start seventh.

BreakingNico Rosberg takes pole position

Ros
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Daniel Ricciardo into third and Vettel can't improve - in fact, they set the same time.

As the Aussie crossed the line first, he gets the place while Vettel starts fourth.

Nico Rosberg is out of reach surely - who gets second?

Here comes Max - he crosses the line to start his last lap and Valterri Bottas goes to overtake him into Turn One!

He was already angry with the Finn...

Verstappen
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RED FLAG Q3 📻 HAM: "I'm out. I'm out of this session..." #EuropeGP #Quali 🇦🇿
RED FLAG Q3 📻 HAM: "I'm out. I'm out of this session..." #EuropeGP #Quali 🇦🇿
RED FLAG Q3 📻 HAM: "I'm out. I'm out of this session..." #EuropeGP #Quali 🇦🇿

RED FLAG Q3 📻 HAM: "I'm out. I'm out of this session..." #EuropeGP #Quali 🇦🇿

Q3 resumes

Close! As they were leaving the pits, Sebastian Vettel nearly collected one of the Williams.

Right, let's get to it...

Hamilton to start ninth at best

It's going to be ninth on the grid at best for Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has the chance to leapfrog him.

The time to beat? 2.01.954. Verstappen should be able to manage that.

What happened to Hamilton in qualifying? Fastest in all three practice sessions, he went straight on twice before smashing up his car.

For the actual accident, he clipped the wall at the right-hander at Turn 11 and then went straight across to the opposite side of the track.

Rosberg fastest as Hamilton crashes

Hamilton gets out of his car after hitting the wall through the castle section of the track.

The suspension of Mercedes is damaged. There are two minutes and five seconds still remaining.

And just as Hamilton was crashing, Nico Rosberg went fastest with a 1.42.758 to surely secure pole.

Crash! Hamilton hits the wall

Lewis Hamilton's quali is over! And the red flag is out.

Felipe Massa is finally out and clocks 1.44.483 to go fourth.

Max Verstappen has had a bit of moan about Valtteri Bottas getting in his way.

Five mins left

Top eight: PER, VET, RAI, KVY, RIC, BOT, ROS, HAM

No laps from Verstappen and Massa.

Sergio Perez
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Hamilton off at Turn 15

Lewis Hamilton goes straight on again at Turn 15!

He's making it hard for himself...

Perez fastest

Sergio Perez then blows Vettel away with a 1.43.615.

What a waste for team-mate Nico Hulkenberg though.

Hamilton on track now...

Vettel fastest

Here comes Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and it's a 1.45.2 but Sebastian Vettel immediately clocks a 1.44.260.

Hamilton's race tyres flat-spotted

Lewis Hamilton would have ended up 12th and missed out on all the fun if he hadn't completed that last lap at the conclusion of Q2.

Cutting it fine, Lewis.

However, he has flat-spotted the tyres he'll be starting the race on, unless the FIA say they are not fit enough to use tomorrow.

Final qualifying starts

Time for the top-10 shootout...

Tom Clarkson

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"I thought McLaren would be closer to Q3 than they were. Honda brought a new turbo to Montreal and both drivers seemed happy with that. Little mistakes cost the drivers."

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Chris Lord: Hamilton's tyres won't be the best to start on now, two mistakes in one session? 

Amit Mandalia: Remember that Hamilton will have to start the race on that flat-spotted set of tyres 

The top 10

Hamilton was just over a second slower than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Q2, but still half a second up on third-placed Sergio Perez.

Joining them in the top-10 shootout are Ricciardo who was fourth, Verstappen fifth, Vettel sixth, Bottas seventh, Raikkonen eighth, Kvyat ninth and Massa 10th.