Q1 was a far closer affair than any of the free practice sessions would have led you to believe with all 15 drivers to escape the session setting times within a second of Hamilton's 1:16.872 benchmark.
Racing Point had sat towards the bottom end of the top ten across all three practice sessions, but Perez closed out Q1 second by only +0.080 seconds.
Kimi Raikkonen escaped Q1 for the first time in 2020 but his first run in Q2 demonstrated that this was as far as he would go - his time over a second off the cut-off time for making the top ten shoot-out.
However, the Finn was able to jump Esteban Ocon for 14th, Ocon's session being compromised by an incident late in final practice.
After Daniel Ricciardo ended Friday in fourth, Renault will be scratching its head as to where the pace went after the Australian also dropped out in Q2, qualifying 13th.
Sebastian Vettel too made his exit in Q2. The third time in 2020 the four-time champion has failed to make the final stage of qualifying, Vettel will start 11th.
Ferrari had given Vettel a new chassis for the weekend after finding a small fault with his existing car, but he is still searching for pace, missing the cut-off by only +0.002 seconds.
However, Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc could only manage ninth place in Q3, so this may not be an indication so much of Vettel's form, but simply of where Ferrari sits in the pecking order at present.
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