4/28/2018 5:39:40 PM

Vettel on pole for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Vettel on pole for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku, Azerbaijan: Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel claimed pole for Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix ahead of a revived Lewis Hamilton in a crash-strewn qualifying session on the streets of Baku on Saturday.

The German, who leads defending the four-time champion Hamilton by nine points after three races this season, clocked a best lap in one minute and 41.498 seconds to sweep to the prime starting spot.

It was an emphatic demonstration from him and Ferrari after he had struggled in practice on Friday. It was his third consecutive pole position after Bahrain and China.

Hamilton was 0.179 seconds adrift of Vettel after an improved showing that left him ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen.

Kimi Raikkonen wound up sixth in the second Ferrari after an eventful session and a huge slide on his final flying lap.

Esteban Ocon was seventh ahead of his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg who faces a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, and his Renault team-mate Carlos Sainz.

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