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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole, Vettel 2nd, Bottas 3rd, Raikkonen 4th
  2. Alonso 7th for McLaren
  3. Sunday's race coverage from 11:30 BST

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No room for error

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Less than three tenths of a second covered the top four in qualifying. If anything, Mercedes and Ferrari seem even closer. One mistake, as Sebastian Vettel found out today, can prove costly. 

Chuck in Fernando Alonso, who let's not forget played tennis between first and second practice, starting from seventh and what a race we have in prospect tomorrow!

We're back at 11:30 BST for build up. See you then.

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Just about time for us to wrap things up. For Andrew Benson's take on qualifying, head here.

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Darren Thompson: Alonso is still the best driver in Formula 1. That is an astonishing qualifying.

Chris C: For the love of the sport, please put @alo_oficial in a competitive car.

Sauber and McLaren are the only teams yet to score in 2017. This is McLaren's best chance so far this season, as long as they don't break down.

The season so far

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Three drivers have won races so far - Sebastain Vettel (two), Lewis Hamilton (one) and Valtteri Bottas (one).

Hamilton is in prime position to win his second of the season. All but three of the last 16 Spanish Grands Prix have been won from pole position.

Sights set on Senna's Spain record

Lewis Hamilton is also closing in on Ayrton Senna's amount of pole positions in Spain. Hamilton is now on three, Senna got four. Michael Schumacher (who else?) is out in front on seven. (Forix)

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One of these two got pole, the other didn't - can you guess which one?

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Edging closer

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Pole position is Lewis Hamilton's third in Spain and 64th of his career. He is now just one behind Ayrton Senna and four behind record-holder Michael Schumacher.

GRANDE! GRANDE! GRANDE!

I think these guys are pretty happy with Fernando's performance...

Fernando Alonso haciendo magia, como siempre!!! P7 en casa!! GRANDE! GRANDE! GRANDE!! #SpanishGP #F1

Fernando Alonso haciendo magia, como siempre!!! P7 en casa!! GRANDE! GRANDE! GRANDE!! #SpanishGP #F1

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BK: Trying to explain @alo_oficial 7th place...it's like @usainbolt coming 4th running blindfolded! Good show   

Nick Hughes: Alonso keeps showing why he's the best on the grid finishing 7th. What are the chances he breaks down on formation lap?

'A gift'

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Fernando Alonso thinks his IndyCar test stint earlier this month helped him to a stunning seventh in qualifying.

"Maybe it was at the oval I learnt how to go quick on the straights," he said. 

"P7 is a gift and we will see what we can do tomorrow. This is a circuit that is difficult to overtake but we will try to get a position."

'Great job'

Valtteri Bottas, who qualified third: "I am very pleased and it is always a good starting point when you start from the second row and the guys did a great job to get the car back on track." 

'A miracle by the team'

Sebastian Vettel, who qualified second: "I am afraid it was [the last corner]. The last chicane is a tricky one for me. It was very close, well done to Lewis. It was a busy morning, big thank you to the team for the change in the last few minutes. They did an engine change in sub two hours.  It is a miracle they got me out. It would have been nice to get them pole but hopefully a good race tomorrow."

'Amazing job'

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Lewis Hamilton, who secured pole position: The fans are amazing and I have been growing here over past 10 years, amazing job by team. I could see the fans cheering and the flags were out and is a morale boost when it is not your home circuit."

Right, we are entering new territory. The top three are stood on the grid with F1 journalist Will Buxton set to ask them questions...

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Hamilton has got his mojo back and Vettel made it count in the final run gaining 2/10th of a second to move up in the positions. 

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Rob Larque: How on earth is Fernando Alonso best of the rest in 7th?! An absolutely spellbinding performance.   

Joanna Harran: Wow 7th for @alo_oficial amazing  

CeCe: Fantastic #Quali from Alonso  

Qualifying top 10

1) Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Bottas 4) Raikkonen 5) Verstappen 6) Ricciardo 7) Alonso 8) Perez 9) Massa 10) Ocon

And how about this, Fernando Alonso... SEVENTH! Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. 

Sebastian Vettel ends up less than a tenth of a second down on Lewis Hamilton. He locked up at the final chicane and that looks to have cost him pole position.

Chequered flag

Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel edges ahead of Valtteri Bottas, not quite enough for pole position!

Lewis Hamilton also does NOT improve...

Valtteri Bottas cannot improve so he won't be on pole...

Sebastian Vettel is faster than anyone through the first sector, almost two tenths quicker than Lewis Hamilton. Wow. This is going to be close!

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Lewis Hamilton is a touch quicker than Valtteri Bottas through the first sector...

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are next to rumble out onto the circuit. 

Two minutes to go...

Fernando Alonso is the first to head back out of the pits, prompting huge cheers from the stands. They are loving this.

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BBC Radio 5 live commentator

It was in the final sector where Hamilton picked up pace and it is all about traction in the final sector and was brilliant from Hamilton as he kept the tyres alive right to the end. 

Esteban Ocon, Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso have stayed in the pits so they are going for a solitary run.

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Max Verstappen goes fifth quickest with 1:19.8767 but Daniel Ricciardo's lap is a scruffy one and he ends up half a second down on his team-mate.

Neither of the Ferraris can top that as Kimi Raikkonen goes third quickest, three tenths down on Lewis Hamilton's time while Sebastian Vettel is half a second down in P4.

Valtteri Bottas is the first across the line with a 1:19.390... but Lewis Hamilton goes even quicker! A 1:19.149 and a quarter of a second quicker than Bottas!

Where did that come from?

Valtteri Bottas quickest in the middle sector but Kimi Raikkonen smashes it out of the park in the first sector...

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It is interesting you've got Hamilton and Vettel close together and everyone is jostling for position. 

Valtteri Bottas
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Valtteri Bottas cracks on with his first flying lap in Q3, so he'll set the initial pace.

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Amit Mandalia: As great as that Alonso lap was to get into Q3, there's every chance it'll stop on track in the next few minutes.

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas head out onto the track.

This is going to be close. Very, very close.