Sebastian Vettel beats Lewis Hamilton to pole at F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

• Ferrari driver secures third consecutive pole position
• Valtteri Bottas claims third spot behind team-mate Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel took pole position for Ferrari at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, beating his championship rival Lewis Hamilton into second place, with the British driver’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finishing in third. Vettel secured the top spot with a flawless lap that neither Mercedes could match and it ensured the German secured his third consecutive pole position this season.

Vettel had found his pace in practice on Saturday morning and turned it to his advantage when it mattered. He was quickest in the first hot runs in Q3, three-tenths up on Hamilton, with the German executing a strong lap from the off. He was able to gain time on the British driver through the tight second sector and his initial lap proved to be unmatchable. He locked up on his final quick run but had done enough. It was a further demonstration of how strong Vettel and Ferrari now are in the single-lap discipline.

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Source: Formula 1

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