The qualifying session of the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku has ended, Trend news agency reports.
Hamilton banished memories of a dismal qualifying session in Baku a year ago, when he clipped the barrier, to grab pole with a time of 1:40.593 despite running wide at Turn 16.
Force India duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finished sixth and seventh respectively.
The quickest lap of Hamilton, which read 1min 40.593sec, came in the final seconds of the session following a red-flagged stoppage which turned the finale into a 3min 30sec showdown.
The 66th pole of Hamilton's career has moved him above Ayton Senna and into a standalone second in the record books.
Despite improving his benchmark, Hamilton crossed almost 0.5s quicker with a remarkable lap, leaving Bottas to concede his teammate did the better job of getting his tyres up to temperature.
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"The team really did a fantastic job to set the vehicle up in the right way and Lewis with his lap here - I have never seen anything like it", said the 68-year-old Austrian. It was a lot of pressure. It was the first time we tried to go for a time in the first lap of the tires and I couldn't get them to work as well as Lewis.
"We have been struggling to get temperature into the front tyre and we didn't know if it was a one lap tyre". We were struggling yesterday but we made a lot of changes overnight.
The four-time champion was hauled back into the Ferrari garage with just half of the one-session completed, and he did not re-emerge. "It is going to be a long, hard race but we are in the best position to start." concluded Hamilton, evidently euphoric after such an outcome.
"I'm no fan of excuses, I could have done a bit better but probably P3 was the maximum".
Nico Hulkenberg was 11th, while his Renault teammate Jolyon Palmer failed to set a representative time after stopping on track early on with a fire at the rear of the auto.
With five minutes to go in Q2, the drivers stuck in the elimination zone were Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz, Danill Kvyat and Pascal Wehrlein who had spent the majority of the session in danger of being knocked out.
19 cars started qualifying - Renault's Jolyon Palmer suffered an engine fire in the final free practice and had to sit it out.