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Hamilton takes pole for Azerbaijan GP in Mercedes 1-2

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Lewis Hamilton took pole position from Valtteri Bottas with a brilliant last-gasp drive for a Mercedes 1-2 followed by Ferrari on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix grid on Saturday.

Bottas led qualifying and then set an even quicker time on his final lap, only for Hamilton to beat him by nearly half a second.

"There was a lot of pressure with a minute left. It was all or nothing," Hamilton said. "That was one of the most exciting laps I've had all year. I'm so pumped, that's how qualifying should be."

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Jun. 24
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kyle Larson6401
2Martin Truex Jr.6352
3Kyle Busch5103
4Kevin Harvick5084
5Chase Elliott4785
6Brad Keselowski4766
7Jamie McMurray4507
8Jimmie Johnson4498
9Denny Hamlin4309
10Joey Logano39810
11Matt Kenseth39811
12Clint Bowyer39112

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Max Verstappen

Red Bull's high hopes come down to earth in F1 qualifying

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Red Bull's high hopes for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix came crashing down in qualifying on Saturday.

Max Verstappen qualified in fifth and teammate Daniel Ricciardo only 10th after clipping a barrier near the end coming out of Turn 6 on a hazardous Baku street circuit that has been causing problems all week.