Hamilton takes Imola pole, Ricciardo 6th

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Lewis Hamilton has put Mercedes on pole position for Sunday's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola with Red Bull's Sergio Perez joining the seven-time Formula One world champion on the front row.

The Mexican's Dutch teammate Max Verstappen qualified in third place on Saturday, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc fourth on a home track for the Italian team.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton clocked 1 minute 14.411 seconds around the 4.959-kilometre Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari to secure the 99th pole of his career.

McLaren's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo finised sixth in qualifying while Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas will be far behind in eighth.

Ricciardo outqualified his McLaren teammate Lando Norris, who had to settle for seventh after a fast lap was deleted due to track limits.