Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix – the 100th of his career.
The Briton, who leads the standings by eight points, reached the landmark on the track where he has won for the last four years – the Circuit de Catalunya.
He could not improve on his final flying lap but nor could Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was second best, three-hundredths back.
The champ had done enough already. Valtteri Bottas, in the second Mercedes, was third best a tenth behind his team-mate.
Charles Leclerc of Ferrari was fourth, while Brit Lando Norris was ninth quickest.
George Russell qualified 15th for Williams, again putting his team-mate Nicholas Latifi in the shade.
But the glory belonged to Hamilton, with his record-extending 100th pole – another slice of history.
SPANISH GP QUALIFYING TIMES
POLE POSITION SHOOTOUT
1 Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1:16.741
2 Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 1:16.777
3 Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:16.873
4 Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:17.510
5 Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:17.580
6 Sainz (Spa) Ferrari. 1:17.620
7 Ricciardo (Aus) McLaren 1:17.622
8 Perez (Mex) Red Bull 1:17.701
9 Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:18.010
10 Alonso (Spa) Alpine 1:18.147
ELIMINATED FROM Q2
11 Stroll (Can) Aston Martin 1:17.974
12 Gasly (Fra) AlphaTauri 1:17.982
13 Vettel (Ger) Aston Martin 1:18.079
14 Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo 1:18.356
15 Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:19.154
ELIMINATED FROM Q1
16 Tsunoda (Jpn) AlphaTauri 1:18.556
17 Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo 1:18.917
18 Schumacher (Ger) Haas 1:19.117
19 Latifi (Can) Williams 1:19.219
20 Mazepin (Raf) Haas 1:19.807