Max Verstappen holds a 14-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the standings and was scheduled to start second alongside the seven-time champion on the front row at Losail International Circuit.
It was Lewis Hamilton's102nd pole of his career, fourth of the season and first since the Hungarian Grand Prix in August.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been accused of 'sportswashing' their human rights records by using high-profile sporting events. Qatar hosts football World Cup next year.
The FIA said that Mercedes won the right to review the incident in which Max Verstappen appeared to force Lewis Hamilton off track at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen was fined 50,000 euros ($57,200) by stewards after he was seen touching the rear wing of the Mercedes car which is against the FIA sporting code.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was handed a five-place grid penalty after Mercedes decided to change the engine during Friday's qualifying in Interlagos.
Mercedes driver and the seven-time champion, Lewis Hamilton trails his Red Bull rival Max Verstappen by 19 points heading into the race, the fourth-to-last event of the 2021 F1 season.
Max Verstappen now leads Lewis Hamilton in the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship by 19 points with four races left, starting next week in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Valtteri Bottas starts from pole position and, most critically, Lewis Hamilton gets an early race advantage over Max Verstappen in their fight for the season championship.
Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton by 12 points as F1 heads into this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix. The Dutchman is chasing his first F1 title with five races remaining this season.
Formula One returns to North America with its next two rounds for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Races in Austin and Mexico City were canceled last year.
A large European swing features the British GP earlier than usual on July 3 followed by races in Austria (July 10), France (July 24) and Hungary (July 31).
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton lost valuable points by finishing fifth after coming in for a late tire change, despite telling his team he wanted to stay on track when still in third.
The Omega Seiki and J K Tyre-backed driver was rewarded for the pace he has shown throughout the season.
Hamilton's record-extending 102nd pole saw him finish .13 seconds ahead of Bottas and .33 clear of Max Verstappen's Red Bull.
This season's narrow championship leader led the first session ahead of title rival Max Verstappen and the second from Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who drove impressively in both.
Although Hamilton won in Sochi to clinch a record-extending 100th F1 win, Verstappen limited the damage by finishing a surprise second as the rain came thundering down.
The McLaren driver set the pace with a time of 1 minute, 41.993 seconds in the dying seconds of the session after switching to slick tires as the racing line dried.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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