F1 Portuguese Grand Prix LIVE: Follow all the latest from the Algarve

LEWIS HAMILTON is looking to tighten his stranglehold on a potential seventh world championship – and starts on pole today in Portugal.

The Brit once again edged out team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with Mercedes looking for another one-two when it's lights out this afternoon.

  • Start time: 1.10pm GMT
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports F1/NOW TV

Follow all the latest from Portugal with our blog below…

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    CALL A VET

    Outgoing Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel pulled no punches after finishing 11 places below team-mate Charles Leclerc in qualifying.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TRACK TOUR

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    TOO WIDE

    Ricciardo was a tad too wide as he went into turn 11.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HAMILTON'S REACTION

    Just a tenth separated Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

    Hamilton starts from pole position tomorrow, the 97th of his career, speaking after qualifying Hamilton said: “I can't tell you how hard that was today!

    “I've just seen that Valtteri topped every session, and I've just been digging to find the time.

    “I chose to do three laps laps to have a chance to beat his time”

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    POLE POSITION

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    AND NOW HAMILTON TAKES IT…

    He is in P1 that is his 9th pole of the season.

    The 97th pole of his career.

    A perfect lap.

    Bottas in P2, Verstappen in P3 and Leclerc in P4.

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS SNATCHES POLE BACK

    He puts in an excellent lap that is 0.180 seconds quicker than his teammate.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON NOW GOES QUICKEST

    Can Bottas get back at him?

  • Ben Hunt

    ALBON NOT IMPRESSING HERE

    The Red Bull man only goes seventh quickest – and that lap time will be deleted too for exceeding track limits.

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE

    But the gap is just 0.047 seconds.

    This is going to be close.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q3 IS GO

    Three-way fight for pole between Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen.

    Bottas has dominated all three sessions until now, Hamilton has that ability to pull it out of the bag at the last minute.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q2 IS DONE

    Russell, Vettel, Kvyat, Stroll and Ocon are eliminated.

    Big spin for Ricciardo, but he is into the top 10 shootout.

  • Ben Hunt

    HALFWAY THROUGH Q2

    And Sebastian Vettel is in danger of getting into Q3. He was on the medium tyre, but it was not quick enough. The Ferrari man will need to run again.

    Stroll and Ocon are also in danger of not making it into Q3.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q2 IS GO

    All eyes on the mid-table teams here, but there could be a few big scalps too.

  • Ben Hunt

    RUSSELL IS IN TO Q2

    The Brit, who faces an anxious wait to discover if he will drive for Williams next season, is in to Q2 with a final flying lap to knock out Kimi Raikkonen.

    So Latifi, Magnussen, Grosjean, Giovinazzi and Raikkonen are out.

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS AND HAMILTON LOOKING STRONG

    Those in the drop zone are Latifi, Magnussen, Russell, Raikkonen and Grosjean.

  • Ben Hunt

    QUALIFYING IS GO

    The FIA are satisfied that the drain covers are all nailed down tight. We are underway in Portugal after a 30 minute delay.

  • Ben Hunt

    BUT THERE IS ACTION IN THE PITLANE

    Drivers are getting in their cars, getting ready for the 2:35pm start. A hint of optimism that this qualifying session will get underway.

  • Ben Hunt

    DRAIN PAIN

    Mercedes sporting director, Ron Meadows, says there is about 10km of covers to check.

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    LOTS OF CHECKING GOING ON

  • Ben Hunt

    A DELAY TO QUALIFYING

    That pesky drain cover has caused a 30 minute delay, as the FIA check the others on the track to make sure they are all welded down.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HEARING HAM

    Charles Leclerc said he could hear Lewis Hamilton on the radio during FP3.

  • Joshua Mbu

    LANDO'S RESPONSE

    Lando Norris' team hilariously responds to FP3 being cut short!

  • Joshua Mbu

    RED FLAG

  • Joshua Mbu

    SEB SAW IT

    Sebastian Vettel drove over the top of the drain, the session had to be stopped with a minute or so to go.

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