Lewis Hamilton took his 10th pole position of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who clinched a seventh title in Turkey two weeks ago, was a comfortable 0.289 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who looked a threat to Mercedes through practice, fell back to his customary third.
Red Bull's Alexander Albon recovered from a heavy crash on Friday to take fourth.
Final free practice - Top ten times from FP3. Max Verstappen sets the fastest time of the weekend at Bahrain Grand Prix final practice.
A 1:28.355 is enough to put him at the very top of the FP3 time-sheets.
1) Verstappen - 1:28.355
2) Hamilton - 1:28.618
3) Bottas - 1:28.721
4) Albon - 1:29.018
5) Sainz - 1:29.455
6) Gasly - 1:29.472
7) Norris - 1:29.567
8) Kvyat - 1:29.585
9) Stroll - 1:29.660
10) Perez - 1:29.672
Qualifying under way - Heavy rain causes delays.
Eliminated in Q1
16th Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
17th Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri)
18th George Russell (Williams)
19th Romain Grosjean (Haas)
20th Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
Max Verstappen fastest in both Friday practice sessions on ice-like Istanbul Park circuit; Charles Leclerc second in Practice Two, ahead of the Mercedes; Lewis Hamilton, who can clinch seventh title at Turkish GP, 0.8s off the pace in fourth
Qualification 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, 31 October 2020.
Qualifying top ten
Formula 1 qualifying for Portugal F1 Grandprix Autódromo Internacional Do Algarve
1) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.652
2) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.102
3) Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.252
4) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.438
5) Sergio Perez Racing Point +0.571
6) Alexander Albon Red Bull +0.785
7) Carlos Sainz Jr McLaren +0.868
8) Lando Norris McLaren +0.873
9) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1.151
10) Daniel Ricciardo Renault +0.829
Lewis Hamilton takes his seventh win of the season and the 91st of his career.
He is level in the all-time list with Michael Schumacher.
Schumacher's record looked untouchable.
Hamilton has just matched it. Incredible.
A historic day.
Lights out at Nuerburgring! - Hamilton out-starts Bottas, but the poleman maintains the lead
2020 Eifel GP Germany at Nuerburg Ring - Weekend Warm-Up
Lawrence Barretto and guest presenter Laura Winter run us through the Formula 1 stories coming from the paddock on 'media day' of the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in Germany.
Red Bull's engine partner Honda is to leave Formula 1 at the end of 2021.
The move leaves Red Bull and Alpha Tauri needing to find an engine supplier and the sport with just three engine companies.
Honda said the move was a result of the transformation of the car industry away from internal combustion engines.
Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula One champion Michael, will take part in the opening practice session of the Eifel Grand Prix at Germany's Nurburgring circuit.
Schumacher, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, will drive in place of Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi for the first session of that weekend. Giovinazzi will take over driving duties for the remainder of the event.
Racestart in 2 minutes!
Lewis Hamilton is under investigation by the race stewards for a practice start outside of the designated area
Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton, speaking earlier before the drivers went to the grid: "It is going to be very hard to win today. I am on the soft tyre. The medium and hard can do twice as much at least as the soft.
"It is going to require an awesome start and then some special driving to make the tyres do more than they can do."
Valtteri Bottas set the pace in opening practice for the Russian Grand Prix which was disrupted by a crash for Nicholas Latifi, while Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was only 19th.
Start Tuscan Grand Prix - Hamilton got the a sluggish start, Bottas whipped ahead of him and Verstappen after an initial good get-away suddenly lost power and slide back through the pack before being shunted out into the gravel.
Gasly had nowhere to go. He had contact with Raikkonen who then went steaming into the back of Verstappen. Verstappen is fuming but his race already looked in tatters.
Valtteri Bottas has completed a clean sweep of practice sessions at the Tuscan Grand Prix.
The Finn, who was also fastest in both sessions on Friday, was 0.017 seconds quicker than Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.
1. Valterri Bottas 1:16.350
2. Max Verstappen +0.017
3. Lewis Hamilton +0.083
4. Lance Stroll +0.582
5. Pierre Gasly +0.696
6. Sergio Perez +0.811
7. Charles Leclerc +0.958
8.Alex Albon +1.008
9. Danni Kvyat +1.097
10. Romain Grosjean +1.105
Sergio Perez has revealed he is leaving Racing Point at the end of this season in a shock announcement released on Wednesday evening.
The Mexican driver said the 2020 season would be his last with the Silverstone-based squad, despite the fact he signed a three-year contract just last year.
He added that he has no "Plan B" in terms of a drive for 2021, and that the move "hurts a bit as I bet on the team during very rough times"
An incredible 2020 Italian Grand Prix saw AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly claim a maiden Formula 1 win from the McLaren of Carlos Sainz and the Racing Point of Lance Stroll, as a transgression under the Safety Car saw polesitter Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton forced to serve a 10-second stop/go penalty, leaving him seventh at the flag.
Race starts in 35 minutes.
Hamilton on pole, Bottas 2nd, Sainz 3rd
Turn 11 is the famous Curva Parabolica. Turn three Curva Biassono. Turns six / seven Curve di Lesmo.