Bottas tops final Azerbaijan practice, Vettel suffers problems

Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with a remarkable last-minute lap that put him 0.434s clear of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in second.

Despite improving on Friday's underwhelming performance, the British driver will be desperate to translate his improving form into qualifying after enjoying a practice sweep in Baku a year ago only to clip the barriers in qualifying and subsequently starting 10th on the grid.

Lewis Hamilton takes pole position in the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with team-mate Bottas in second and Vellet in fourth place on the grid.

Although his Ferrari team managed to resolve the failure in time for qualifying, Vettel was only fourth and an eye-watering 1.3 seconds slower than Hamilton.

Hamilton went wide at Turn 16 as he failed to top it, but the session was quickly brought to a halt when Daniel Ricciardo hit a wall exiting Turn 6. "It's not about being greedy, it's about having that right balance; it's basically like a see-saw and I had a flawless balance between aggressiveness and taking too much out".

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Ricciardo's crash with just three minutes on the clock then threatened to scupper Hamilton's chances as all cars were forced to return to the pits, but he picked up where he left off on hi final set of supersofts and, despite Bottas posting his own improvement, Hamilton beat the Finn by almost half a second.

The pole is the Britain's 66th in Formula 1, putting him just two shy of the all-time record by Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas had been quickest in the final Q3 session until Hamilton's late intervention.

"I am so pumped with that pole, and that is how qualifying should be", a jubilant Hamilton continued.

"I think it's one of the tracks where you need to have the vehicle in the window and tyres in the window, and then, if you feel confident, you extract a lot of lap time as well". It was a lot of pressure.

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"It's one of those tracks where you need to have the auto in the window, the tyres in the window and if you feel confident, you extract a lot of lap time", he said. Today we probably didn't get everything right but its part of the game.

"We would have loved to have had more laps this morning. For tomorrow we, as a team, definitively have a great starting position and we're going to have a good fight and try to get another one-two".

Accepting responsibility for his qualifying result, Vettel said, "In the end, I was alone and had no tow in the last sector". I came out of the last corner and was like, "Please be enough!"

Romain Grosjean was 17th for Haas, struggling to find a balance, while Sauber's Marcus Ericsson was 18th.

With five minutes to go in Q2, the drivers stuck in the elimination zone were Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz, Danill Kvyat and Pascal Wehrlein who had spent the majority of the session in danger of being knocked out.

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