Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix 2017 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

Hamilton, meanwhile, seemed to get stuck in traffic and with many cars out on track pushing hard it was hard for him to get any room to set a quick time.

The pole is Hamilton's second in succession and puts him second on the all-time Formula One list behind Michael Schumacher on 68.

Hamilton is trailing Vettel by 12 points in the championship after seven races.

Vettel entered the session on the back foot, after Ferrari reverted to an older engine as a precaution between final practice and qualifying having discovered a hydraulic leak.

Lewis Hamilton surpassed Ayrton Senna's career haul of 65 pole positions in Formula One as he edged Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to secure top spot at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday (June 24).

Vettel was not the only front runner to hit trouble with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, fastest in both practice sessions here on Friday, parking his Red Bull with 10 minutes remaining.

"I wasn't quite comfortable with the tire temperature", said Bottas, who took pole at the Bahrain GP.

The Finn will start ahead of compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, who finished more than a second behind Hamilton.

"I was so on it - Q1, Q2, then Q3 I made that one little mistake and I was so frustrated I had made that mistake and the red flag came out when I was up again on my next lap and I was thinking "there is no way I was going to be able to do it on the first lap". It was all or nothing, but the lap just got better and better throughout.

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And unsurprisingly it was the former who Hamilton enjoyed a dinner date with in the Mercedes hospitality suite in the moments before qualifying. "Going into the race we have a fantastic starting position and I'm expecting a good fight with Lewis".

But a superb last lap beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.434 seconds.

This year sees our second visit to the Baku City Circuit, and it's a track that divides opinions.

The tyres were struggling to find grip on the streets of Azerbaijan again, with numerous drivers, like Hamilton and Vettel locking brakes and losing time.

Accepting responsibility for his qualifying result, Vettel said, "In the end, I was alone and had no tow in the last sector". But I don't like excuses. As a team, we got what we could today.

Sergio Perez will start sixth ahead of Force India teammate Esteban Ocon, while Lance Stroll impressed by outqualifying Felipe Massa for the first time at Williams.

19 cars started qualifying - Renault's Jolyon Palmer suffered an engine fire in the final free practice and had to sit it out.

At the other end of the F1 spectrum, the misery continues for struggling McLaren as Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne were eliminated from the first part of qualifying.

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