Formula 1 2021: Hamilton wins from P2, Verstappen errs again, other talking points from Portuguese GP
In the Drivers’ Championship, Hamilton leads Verstappen by 8 points - but the battle for P3 has four drivers separated by 15 points, Norris being chased by Bottas, Leclerc and Perez.
Hamilton, who is aiming for his 100th pole and 97th win, said the conditions made it difficult to get proper grip on the track.
Formula 1 2021: Max Verstappen wins Emilia Romagna GP in a race of two halves, and other talking points
In the first half, Max Verstappen shone as the red lights went out. The second half, without a doubt, belonged to Lewis Hamilton.
Formula 1 2021: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull pair
It was Hamilton’s 99th career pole and although there is a Red Bull directly behind the Mercedes driver, it will be Sergio Perez rather than Max Verstappen.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton said he hoped Imola would favour Mercedes more than Red Bull over the weekend.
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Vettel considered retiring but a move to Aston Martin has rekindled the 33-year-old German driver's enthusiasm.
Formula 1 2021: Red Bull's Max Verstappen fastest on first day of pre-season testing, Mercedes struggle
Verstappen, long regarded as heir apparent to seven-time world champion Hamilton, clocked a best time of 1min 30.674sec in the Red Bull.
Ferrari mustered a mere 131 points compared to over 500 in 2019, and came in an embarrassing sixth in the constructors table.
Maya Weug will compete in Formula 4 this year backed by the Ferrari academy.
Leclerc, 23, added that he had "mild symptoms" and was isolating at his home in his native Monaco.
On his final lap, slowing down round the Yas Marina Circuit, Vettel surprised many by singing an Italian song about Ferrari on the team radio system.
The Racing Point driver finished 10.5 seconds ahead of Renault's Esteban Ocon and 11.9 clear of teammate Lance Stroll.
After he matched Michael Schumacher's haul of seven drivers' crowns with three races remaining, a breathless Lewis Hamilton said: "I'm lost for words. This is way beyond my dreams."
Formula 1 2020: Racing on slick Turkish GP track was 'terrifying,' says Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton, who is seeking to seal a record-equalling seventh world title in Sunday's race, said his day's practice had been "a little bit of a disaster" at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Ferrari team chief Mattia Binotto spoke of how Vettel reacted: "Did Seb get in the way? No. He did not hang up the phone...He was never negative – instead he was pro-active and he was a very respectable person."
Leclerc came home fourth and four-time champion Vettel 10th, a result that extended the German’s season-long run of defeats by his teammate
Formula 1 2020: Sebastian Vettel admits being 'out-classed' by Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc in qualifying
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel wound up down in 15th on the grid while his Ferrari teammate Leclerc was fourth.
Bottas set the pace in 1 minute 26.225 seconds, with Lewis Hamilton .136 off his Mercedes teammate in second. Ferrari showed a return to form after a run of uncompetitive races, with Charles Leclerc third fastest, .456 off Bottas, and Sebastian Vettel fifth.
Ferrari reverted back to an age-old burgundy livery for its 1,000th F1 race. But there was little to celebrate as Charles Leclerc finished eighth and Sebastian Vettel 10th.