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Lewis Hamilton Wins Pole for Inaugural Qatar Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after the qualifying session.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after the qualifying session.

Photographer: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

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Losail, Qatar (AP) -- Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes moved a bit closer to reclaiming control of the Formula One championship race by quickly figuring out the newest circuit on the calendar.

Hamilton overcame a nagging stomachache Saturday to beat rival Max Verstappen for the pole at the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix, this week's host for F1's dramatic title fight.