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F1: Lewis Hamilton takes Spanish Grand Prix pole from Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix – the 100th of his career.

The Briton, who leads the standings by eight points, reached the landmark on the track where he has won for the last four years – the Circuit de Catalunya.

He could not improve on his final flying lap but nor could Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was second best, three-hundredths back. The champ had done enough already. Valtteri Bottas, in the second Mercedes, was third best a tenth behind his team-mate.

Lewis Hamilton took his 100th pole position ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took his 100th pole position ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took his 100th pole position ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix

The Mercedes star shakes hands with rival Max Verstappen after a very closely fought session

The Mercedes star shakes hands with rival Max Verstappen after a very closely fought session

The Mercedes star shakes hands with rival Max Verstappen after a very closely fought session

Hamilton will now be hoping to land his fifth Spanish Grand Prix in a row at Catalunya

Hamilton will now be hoping to land his fifth Spanish Grand Prix in a row at Catalunya

Hamilton will now be hoping to land his fifth Spanish Grand Prix in a row at Catalunya

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari was fourth, while Brit Lando Norris was ninth quickest.

George Russell qualified 15th for Williams, again putting his team-mate Nicholas Latifi in the shade.

But the glory belonged to Hamilton, with his record-extending 100th pole – another slice of history.

SPANISH GP QUALIFYING TIMES

POLE POSITION SHOOTOUT 

1 Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1:16.741

2 Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 1:16.777

3 Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:16.873

4 Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:17.510

5 Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:17.580

6 Sainz (Spa) Ferrari. 1:17.620

7 Ricciardo (Aus) McLaren 1:17.622

8 Perez (Mex) Red Bull 1:17.701

9 Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:18.010

10 Alonso (Spa) Alpine 1:18.147

ELIMINATED FROM Q2 

11 Stroll (Can) Aston Martin 1:17.974

12 Gasly (Fra) AlphaTauri 1:17.982

13 Vettel (Ger) Aston Martin 1:18.079

14 Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo 1:18.356

15 Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:19.154

ELIMINATED FROM Q1 

16 Tsunoda (Jpn) AlphaTauri 1:18.556

17 Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo 1:18.917

18 Schumacher (Ger) Haas 1:19.117

19 Latifi (Can) Williams 1:19.219

20 Mazepin (Raf) Haas 1:19.807 

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Just a tenth of a second covered Hamilton (centre) from Verstappen (top) and Valtteri Bottas

Just a tenth of a second covered Hamilton (centre) from Verstappen (top) and Valtteri Bottas

Just a tenth of a second covered Hamilton (centre) from Verstappen (top) and Valtteri Bottas

Hamilton produced a stunning lap to just pip Verstappen to pole position in Spain

Hamilton produced a stunning lap to just pip Verstappen to pole position in Spain

Hamilton produced a stunning lap to just pip Verstappen to pole position in Spain

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Lewis Hamilton will be looking to build on his impressive victory in Portugal last time out as he targets pole position for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The Brit is hoping to land a record eighth consecutive world championship this term but up against rival Max Verstappen will be keen to secure a starting place from the front of the pack heading into the race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live Formula One coverage of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, including build-up, updates and the result with the session getting underway from 2pm BST.