Lewis Hamilton led the French Grand Prix from start to finish, bar one lap following his pit stop.
Al-Hamad drove a 2012 car, in which Kimi Raikkonen won that year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as part of a parade of the French manufacturer's cars to mark the return of the race after a 10-year absence.
Championship leader and fellow four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was third, three-tenths off the pace, ahead of Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
The four-time world champion was quickest in both the morning and afternoon sessions, ending up seven-tenths clear of in-demand Australian Daniel Ricciardo who was second for Red Bull.
Lewis Hamilton said he will try to do two things at once -- prepare for the race and support England when they play Panama.
Red Bull will use Honda engines from the next Formula One season after agreeing an initial two-year deal.
Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year's world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton's run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel clocked a best lap in a record one minute, 10.764 seconds to secure his 54th pole position.
The Red Bull driver has been involved in incidents at every one of the six race weekends this year, but claimed it was not "as dramatic as people say".
Lewis Hamilton returns to his happiest stomping ground this weekend when he seeks to extend his world championship lead with a record-equalling seventh triumph at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Vijay Mallya has cited his need to focus on his legal issues as the reason for the move.
Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth in the second Ferrari ahead of fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes and Frenchman Esteban Ocon, who was sixth for Force India.
It was Ricciardo's second pole position and a repeat of his 2016 feat when he topped the times, but was unable to win the race due to a bungled late pit stop.
Four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was third ahead of current series leader and defending four-time champion Briton Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
Hamilton has less than year remaining on his current contract and has been elusive on making any firm commitments to both Mercedes and Formula One
Valtteri Bottas came home second in the second Mercedes ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull who resisted late pressure from four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who led Hamilton by 17 points after the opening three races this year.
It was Hamilton's second pole this season, after the season-opening race in Australia, his third straight in Spain and the 74th of his career.