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WATCH: Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel exchange bumps on-track and words off it

WATCH: Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel exchange bumps on-track and words off it

Just when we thought F1 couldn’t get more exciting, Azerbaijan Grand Prix raised the madness quotient and how.

Lewis Hamilton claims pole at Azerbaijan Grand Prix, moves past Ayrton Senna in all-time career poles

Lewis Hamilton claims pole at Azerbaijan Grand Prix, moves past Ayrton Senna in all-time career poles

The three-time world champion starts ahead of Bottas with Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, the championship leader, occupying the second row of the grid.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas tops final Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice, Sebastian Vettel suffers problems

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas tops final Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice, Sebastian Vettel suffers problems

Hamilton, who is 12 points behind Vettel in the championship standings, finished four tenths of a second behind Bottas.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen fastest in both Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice sessions

Red Bull's Max Verstappen fastest in both Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice sessions

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel on the soft compound tyre registered times of 1:44.967 and 1.43.615, finishing third and fifth.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton hopes Mercedes 'diva' performs in Baku heat

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton hopes Mercedes 'diva' performs in Baku heat

Referring to this year`s `new era` car, Wolff admitted it had posed challenges for the team and the drivers with its contrary and temperamental nature: happy and triumphant one week, sulky and unresponsive the next.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso braced for Azerbaijan GP, expects a grid penalty

McLaren's Fernando Alonso braced for Azerbaijan GP, expects a grid penalty

Alonso, a double world champion with Renault in 2005 and 2006, retired in Canada on June 12 due to a power unit failure while running in 10th place.

Formula One set for maiden triple-header in 2018 as FIA approves 21-race calendar

Formula One set for maiden triple-header in 2018 as FIA approves 21-race calendar

Formula One has not had three races on successive weekends before, due to logistical reasons, although it has been mooted.

Canadian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton claims pole to match Ayrton Senna's 65

Canadian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton claims pole to match Ayrton Senna's 65

Lewis Hamilton reeled off a stunning set of record-breaking laps on Saturday to claim pole position for Sunday`s Canadian Grand Prix and draw level with his hero Ayrton Senna`s total.

Canadian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel fastest as Ferrari dominate final practice

Canadian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel fastest as Ferrari dominate final practice

Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel was fastest in final Canadian Grand Prix practice on Saturday, putting pressure on Mercedes Formula One rival Lewis Hamilton to find some Montreal magic for qualifying.

Monaco Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel's win fires up Ferrari fans

Monaco Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel's win fires up Ferrari fans

Vettel is doing better, by comparison, with three wins and three second places, and makes a plausible argument when he says Ferrari could have won every race this year had everything gone to plan.

Lewis Hamilton fans' most popular driver, Ferrari wins teams vote

Lewis Hamilton fans' most popular driver, Ferrari wins teams vote

Ferrari was ranked as the top team by nearly a third of respondents, almost double that of the Italian outfit's closest rivals Mercedes.

Game on! Here's how you can compete in 'Formula 1' on a bicycle and end up healthier too  - Watch Video

Game on! Here's how you can compete in 'Formula 1' on a bicycle and end up healthier too - Watch Video

For those who are too lazy to work out, this is your motivation right here! 

Spanish Grand Prix: Crying child highlights new face of Formula One

Spanish Grand Prix: Crying child highlights new face of Formula One

As the television cameras panned around the crowd, they picked out the tearful face of Thomas Danel from the French city of Amiens.

Arjun Maini bags development driver role with Haas F1 Team; third Indian to do so

Arjun Maini bags development driver role with Haas F1 Team; third Indian to do so

Haas signed Bengaluru-based Maini along with American Santino Ferucci as development drivers for the team that made its Formula One debut last season.

Valtteri Bottas seeks to double up in Barcelona after maiden F1 title at Russian Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas seeks to double up in Barcelona after maiden F1 title at Russian Grand Prix

Another Bottas win would not be a surprise at a venue that has a habit of producing more different winners than anywhere else - if he is successful, he will be the 11th different winner in as many years.

Bahrain GP: After Valtteri Bottas takes pole, Lewis Hamilton relishing three-way battle

Bahrain GP: After Valtteri Bottas takes pole, Lewis Hamilton relishing three-way battle

Ferrari`s Sebastian Vettel, the four-time champion who won the opening race in Australia and had been on the front row for the first two races, was third fastest after dominating Friday practice.

Bahrain Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton relishes friendly fight with rival Sebastian Vettel

Bahrain Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton relishes friendly fight with rival Sebastian Vettel

Vettel has been just as generous as Hamilton in heaping praise on his rival and the pair have so far served up one win each amid much mutual back-slapping and respect.

Chinese Grand Prix: Max Verstappen makes Lewis Hamilton take notice after podium charge

Chinese Grand Prix: Max Verstappen makes Lewis Hamilton take notice after podium charge

Verstappen ran as high as second behind Hamilton and fended off late-race pressure from team mate Daniel Ricciardo to finish third and give Red Bull their 100th podium place.

Bahrain Grand Prix: Rights groups call for F1 race to be cancelled

Bahrain Grand Prix: Rights groups call for F1 race to be cancelled

Bahrain`s biggest sporting event is watched by a worldwide audience of millions and has been held since 2004, with the exception of 2011 when violent civil unrest forced its cancellation.

Formula One: Mercedes on red alert as Toto Wolff backs Lewis Hamilton

Formula One: Mercedes on red alert as Toto Wolff backs Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton, who busied himself with a spot of scuba diving this week, has previously won four times in China but the triple world champion will be mindful of his sluggish start to the 2016 campaign.