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Live Reporting

Victoria Turner

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from me - goodbye!

    Thanks ever so much for staying with me for free practice and qualifying - I have had a blast.

    But there's more excitement tomorrow as the BBC Sport website will have build up from 12:30 GMT to the race, which gets underway at 14:00 GMT.

    Have a fantastic evening and hope you can join us tomorrow in what should be a brilliant race under the stars!

  2. Post update

    Another strong qualifying for the Alpha Tauri team.

    P8 for Gasly

    P10 for Kvyat

    Super impressive!

    View more on twitter
  3. Qualifying report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    World champion Lewis Hamilton took his 10th pole position of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

    Hamilton, who clinched a seventh title in Turkey two weeks ago, was a comfortable 0.289 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who looked a threat to Mercedes through practice, fell back to his customary third.

    Team-mate Alexander Albon recovered from a heavy crash on Friday to take fourth.

    Read more here.

    Lewis Hamilton on pole in Bahrain
    Image caption: Can Hamilton convert pole to a win?
  4. 'Wrong tyres on the car'

    We heard Lance Stroll on the radio after Q2 say there was a "miscommunication" in the team, resulting in the Canadian qualifying in P13.

    Here's what he had to say about it to Sky Sports: "We had the wrong tyres on the car - it was no ones fault.

    "We only had time for one run on an old set of mediums. The others had a new set, so there was no chance to get close. Unfortunately a bad move."

  5. Get Involved


    Shasha says: Lewis Hamilton is on another level. It is always the last laps during qualifying!

    Nulla says: Top from Perez and good to see Albon get closer to the front.

  6. Super stat!

    So Lewis Hamilton bagged his 98th career pole this afternoon - and if he does the same over the next two Saturday's he will end 2020 with 100 pole positions!

    That is insane, but not impossible!

  7. 'Extremely painful'

    A qualifying session that Sainz will want to forget...

    He will start the race tomorrow from 15th on the grid.

    View more on twitter
  8. Get Involved #bbcf1

    Hamilton takes 98th career pole

    Kumaran: Think it's fair to say that Hamilton will be walking on water next.

    Josh Earl: Absolutely blistering lap from the seven-time world champion! Flawless.

    Rachel T: The days of Lewis Hamilton taking his foot slightly off the gas after winning the title are LONG GONE. Pole 98. Stunning

    Lewis Hamilton
  9. 'Lacking a bit of rear grip'

    Max Verstappen

    Max Verstappen, who starts in third place: "That was pretty good. Just lacking a bit of rear grip in the lower speed corners.

    "Overall I think it was a decent qualifying and let's see how it goes in the race tomorrow because it's very hard on tyres.

    "I definitely think Mercedes picked up their pace today, so even tomorrow will be hard to beat them but we have different tyres available, so let's see if that works to our advantage or not.

    "I hope it will be an exciting race. I just try to focus on myself and stay close to the Mercedes cars. I'll see if somebody can follow us."

  10. 'I'm amazed at what the guys can do'

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton, who scored his 98th career pole in Bahrain: "I didn't really celebrate too much [his seventh title win]. I was training and trying to make sure I was ready for this and keeping my mind and eye on the ball.

    "This is a continuation of what we can do as a team. I just continue to be amazed by my guys and work so hard, weekend in, weekend out. I know they are away from their families for three weeks and no matter what the season throws at us, it's always a tough year. I really appreciate them.

    "To be out here, in Bahrain, and be able to put a lap like that together - I came today and said 'let's just have fun and enjoy it.' That's the most important thing and with the pressure off, it's a bit of a release to drive like I did.

    "I'm on the ragged edge and it's all about trying to find that perfect balance - you want your cake and eat it. I thought the lap started really well. I can talk you through a lap but there's always just a little bit here and there. Otherwise it was a clean lap. I was happy with it."

  11. Post update

    A big shout out to Alex Albon who suffered a big crash in FP2 to end up qualifying in fourth, to make it an all Red Bull second row.

    View more on twitter
  12. 'Hamilton on another level'

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    It's always the last laps where Hamilton is so strong. There was pressure from both Verstappen and Bottas.

    Bottas did a nice lap but still three tenths away from Hamilton.

    Hamilton took the game to another level - as he always does.

  13. Get Involved


    ScarletVarlet: When Lewis' racing days are done, he should be the next Dr. Who - nobody knows more about mastering time than he.

    Love that idea!

    Lewis Hamilton
  14. Team radio - Mercedes to Hamilton

    Engineers: "Lewis, you're on pole."

    Hamilton: "Great work guys."

  15. Team radio - Red Bull to Verstappen

    Christian Horner: "Well done Max, you got everything out of it you could."

    Verstappen: "Luckily starting on the clean side!"

  16. Bottas - 'Another lockout for us'

    Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas on not managing to better Hamilton's pole lap: "It felt good, that's the problem and you feel that you are extracting everything from the car.

    "The last lap there were no mistakes only small things here and there - at least there is another lockout for us. There is no underlying issue with the car and I am looking forward to tomorrow."

  17. How they finished

    The top ten after Q3

    1. Lewis Hamilton - 1:27.264
    2. Valtteri Bottas - 1:27.553
    3. Max Verstappen - 1:27.678
    4. Alex Albon - 1:28.274
    5. Sergio Perez - 1:28.322
    6. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:28.417
    7. Estaban Ocon - 1:28.419
    8. Pierre Gasly - 1:28.448
    9. Lando Norris - 1:28.542
    10. Daniil Kvyat - 1:28.618
  18. A Mercedes front row

    So Valtteri Bottas joins his team-mate on the front row - after a 1:27.264 time puts him P2.

  19. Pole position

    Lewis Hamilton grabs his 98th career pole position after a blistering quick 1:27.264 - which is a new outright track record too!