F1 Spanish GP Live Updates - final practice and qualifying

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By: Jake Boxall-Legge

Summary

Hamilton grabs Spanish GP pole from Bottas as neither Mercedes improves on final run
Verstappen third, seven tenths behind Mercs as Racing Points take fourth and fifth
Albon sixth, but nearly a second adrift of Verstappen
Leclerc is ninth asVettel misses out on Q3 spotby just 0.002s
Status: Stopped
10:19 That's it for now until the pre-race build-up, with the Spanish GP starting at 14:10 BST (15:10 local time) tomorrow. Ciao for now!
10:14 F1 pole position number 92 for Hamilton, his fourth pole of the season and another all-Mercedes front row. No major shocks but with Verstappen in third place it sets up the race nicely.
10:11 Verstappen on his P3 in qualifying: "This is the maximum we can do at the moment and I think overall this weekend we have been P3. I hope we can be closer in the race and yesterday on the long runs it didn't seem too bad, so tomorrow is a different day again."
10:10 Hamilton on the start: "There is such a long way down to Turn 1 here so the job is not done. It is very hard to follow here."
10:08 Hamilton: "I couldn't go quicker on my second lap which I thought I could but the first lap was a good job thankfully. I was here with the guys until 10pm last night looking at the details and how to improve as the Red Bull guys are super fast."
10:06 Bottas: "I knew it was going to be close with Lewis as always. All day today I have been struggling in sector three, it has been getting better and better but not enough. I think the start will be the best opportunity for me, that's the best chance. I'll try to get their first - trust me."
10:04
 
10:04 Muted celebrations from Hamilton for yet another F1 pole position. He'll know the true challenge comes tomorrow and the long sprint to the first corner with Bottas and company behind him.
10:02 Q3 qualifying results: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Perez, Stroll, Albon, Sainz, Norris, Leclerc, Gasly.
10:01 Verstappen holds on to third place with Perez failing to beat him for Racing Point. Stroll takes fifth place ahead of Albon.
10:01 Bottas has a strong middle sector, but the final sector gets away from him - that hands Hamilton pole position before he crosses the line!
09:58 Leclerc heads the F1 car snake this time with Albon behind him, and then it is Bottas in front of Hamilton.
09:57 Here we go again. Final runs in Q3 time. Advantage Hamilton but can Bottas strike back late on and how will the rest of the grid shake out?
09:56 So 0.059s splits Hamilton from Bottas. As expected there is a massive gap to Verstappen in third place, who is seven-tenths off Hamilton. But with this weekend set to be the last time we see 'party modes' in F1 qualifying, how much could that gap shrink by the next time we go qualifying at Spa?
09:53 But he is beaten by Hamilton who takes provisional pole off Bottas with a 1m15.584s. Verstappen is in P3 ahead of Perez and Stroll with Norris in P6.
09:52 Bottas puts in a 1m15.643s to take provisional pole...
09:51 First times of the pole position shootout session coming up...
09:49 In Q3: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Stroll, Sainz, Perez, Gasly, Leclerc, Albon and Norris.
09:48 Right, Q3 here we go! Stroll and Perez are already at the pit exit to get their session underway.
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