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#AzerbaijanGP: Hamilton takes pole in Mercedes 1-2

2017-06-24 16:43

Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic

Baku -  Lewis Hamilton took a brilliant pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas on Saturday, with Mercedes securing a convincing 1-2 as rival Ferrari lagged behind.

Bottas led qualifying and then set an even quicker time on his final lap — only for Hamilton to beat him by nearly half a second.

Raikkonen in P3

The British driver's 66th pole moves him one ahead of F1 great Ayrton Senna and just two behind Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68.

Raikkonen qualified third ahead of his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, the championship leader.

As it happened: 2017 Azerbaijan GP - Qualifying

After three difficult practice sessions, qualifying also proved tough.

With three minutes remaining a red flag came up, halting the session, after Daniel Ricciardo clipped the wall with the left side of his Red Bull coming out of Turn 6 — prompting an expletive from the Australian driver.

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