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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole, Bottas 2nd
  2. Hamilton takes 66th career pole - beating mark of hero Senna
  3. Raikkonen 3rd, Vettel 4th, but Ferraris a second off Mercedes pace
  4. Stroll makes top 10, Ricciardo hits wall, Alonso out in Q1
  5. Renault's Palmer fails to start session after engine fire

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

Hamilton and Bottas
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That's us all done and dusted for the day.

As F1 qualifying session go, that was a pretty darn good one, capped by an utterly stellar late lap by Lewis Hamilton, who pulled out close to half a second on team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

But it's the gap to the Ferraris that is most telling - 1.1secs to Kimi Rakkonen and 1.3 to title leader Sebastian Vettel. The Scuderia will have their work cut out to finish anywhere close to the Mercedes if that pattern continues.

But this is F1 and anything can happen, so join us tomorrow to see what, er, happens.

Until then, here's Andrew Benson's qualifying report.

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (END OF #QUALI) @LewisHamilton in a class of his own today 👊 #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (END OF #QUALI) @LewisHamilton in a class of his own today 👊 #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

Rest easy you brilliant beasts...

The real fun starts tomorrow! 💪

#AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1 #Quali

Rest easy you brilliant beasts... The real fun starts tomorrow! 💪 #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1 #Quali

'Close enough'

Kimi Raikkonen, P3: "Obviously it's better than I've had, but I was struggling with the temperature of the tyres. Luckily the last set had a better feeling. We are close enough."

'Disappointing'

Valtteri Bottas, P2: "The lap in the end wasn't quite perfect, I was struggling with the front-left temperature. Disappointing, but second place is not bad."

'I'm so pumped'

Lewis Hamilton, P1: "That was one of the most exciting laps I've had all year. A lot of pressure as we've been struggling with getting temperature in the tyres, I was just praying it was enough.

"I'm so pumped with that. Our team worked hard to get us back out there for one last lap. Amazing."

Now what a way to get your 66th pole position @LewisHamilton….that was rather impressive #BakuGP #bbcf1

Top 10 results

1 Hamilton, 1m40.593s, 2 Bottas, 1m41.027s, 3 Raikkonen, 1m41.693s, 4 Vettel, 1m41.841s, 5 Verstappen, 1m41.879s, 6 Perez, 1m42.111s, 7 Ocon, 1m42.186s, 8 Stroll, 1m42.753s, 9 Massa, 1m42.798s, 10 Ricciardo, 1m43.414s

Sebastian Vettel can only start fourth after a really tough day. Decent damage limitation given his earlier engine change. But that gap of 1.3secs to Hamilton is ridiculous.

Hamilton passes Senna pole mark

That's a 66th career pole for Lewis Hamilton - beating the mark of his hero Ayrton Senna and now just two behind Michael Schumacher's all-time record.

Lewis Hamilton
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Chequered flag

LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES POLE POSITION FOR THE AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX.

Bottas does a 1:41.027 to improve...

BUT HAMILTON DOES A 1:40.593!

Goodness me.

Raikkonen takes third place - a full second off Hamilton's pace!

Bottas quicker than Hamilton in sector one. Looking good for the Finn so far.

So the drivers are going to have one shot at this.

Pressure, much?

Actually, I'm just hearing Max Verstappen might have enough time for two laps. Could be crucial for him.

Go! Go! Go!

The lights turn green and we're off.

3:33 to get this thing sorted.

Almost ready to go... 😀 #Quali #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

Almost ready to go... 😀 #Quali #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

Session to restart in one minute.

Pirelli not sure whether drivers can improve

With the time left on the board, there's enough for one warm up lap and one flying lap...but is that enough to get the job done?

3:33s left on the clock once this red flag clears... This is going to be an EPIC few minutes! #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

Bottas in prime position

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Right now Bottas is in the prime position. With only 3:33 left, it takes 1:50 to do a lap but tyres are cooling down, so the chances of anyone beating him are slim.

So, when that red flag was flown the order was:

1 Bottas, 1:41.274; 2 Hamilton, 1:41.428; 3 Verstappen, 1:41.879; 4 Raikkonen, 1:42.446; 5 Ocon, 1:42.833; 6 Vettel, 1:43.194; 7 Ricciardo, 1:43.414; 8 Perez, 1:47.731; 9 Massa, no time; 10 Stroll, no time

🚩 RED FLAG 🚩RIC grinds to a halt after clipping wall at Turn 6 #Quali #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

🚩 RED FLAG 🚩RIC grinds to a halt after clipping wall at Turn 6 #Quali #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

Red flag

Three and a half minutes left in this session and we have a red flag.

Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull has caused it. He's parked up at the side of the road with a very second-hand left rear tyre.

The Australian has tagged the wall in Turn Six. All the other cars must return to the pits.

Red Bull
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Vettel off

The Ferrari of Vettel is the next car to miss his braking. He takes to the escape road and rejoins.

Bottas goes quickest

Bottas blasts through in 1:41.274 and it's pole for the Finn as things stand. Hamilton is just over a tenth back after a scrappy end to his flying lap.

Order: 1 Bottas; 2 Hamilton; 3 Verstappen; 4 Raikkonen; 5 Vettel; 6 Ricciardo.

Vettel top for now

Vettel does a 1:43.194 to go fastest with seven minutes left.

But here comes the Mercedes duo...

Mercedes getting it right

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

When Mercedes get it right they really get it right, but they sometimes get it wrong. Today they are getting it right.

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Phil Slocombe: Having to revise my prediction with Lewis on the ball now. Could be a Merc lockout if Valtteri can nail 2nd.

Keith Murphy: Vettel is under serious pressure this weekend

Rachel T: WHOAH what a lap from HAM!!!

Go! Go! Go!

The top-10 shootout begins.

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (END OF Q2): Can anyone catch HAM? #Quali #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (END OF Q2): Can anyone catch HAM? #Quali #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

Don't go anywhere 🏁 Top 10 shootout coming up... #Quali #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

Don't go anywhere 🏁 Top 10 shootout coming up... #Quali #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1

Credit to Stroll

Young Lance Stroll is getting some praise from our guys in the 5 live commentary box, and deservedly so.

He's looking much more accomplished in the Williams these days and has finished that session in P7.

Q2 order

1 Hamilton 1m41.275s, 2 Bottas 1m41.502s, 3 Vettel 1m41.911s, 4 Verstappen 1m41.961s, 5 Raikkonen 1m42.090s, 6 Ricciardo 1m42.215s, 7 Stroll 1m42.284s, 8 Perez 1m42.467s, 9 Massa 1m42.735, 10 Ocon 1m42.751s

Q2 drivers out

Kvyat, Sainz, Magnussen, Hulkenberg, Wehrlein

Chequered flag

Q2 ends.

Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso is the only one of the bottom five to improve late on there but his 1:43.186 is four tenths off 10th place.

Hulkenberg out

He's heading out in Q2.

Damn; Nico climbs out. That's our quali session done. Currently P14 with 1mins left on the clock. 
#AzerbaijanGP #Q2

Damn; Nico climbs out. That's our quali session done. Currently P14 with 1mins left on the clock. #AzerbaijanGP #Q2

Better for vettel

Vettel has just popped up into second place in the Ferrari. Still seven tenths behind Hamilton, mind.

Hard to see any changes coming at the bottom of the order. Sainz, Kvyat, Magnussen, Hulkenberg and Wehrlein in hot water.

Ocon is 10th at the moment and we know he has good pace in that car.

Assuming Ocon improves, that means current 11th placed man Carlos Sainz will have to make up a gap of six tenths to Felipe Massa.

Ocon
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Rod Peel: McLaren must rise - they do not deserve this (bad) luck. I really feel for them.

Jeremiah Kariuki: Looks like the track was waiting for Hamilton to come alive! And he has done!

Craig Brewer: If McLaren get any more grid penalties they'll have to start in Canada.