Carlos Sainz suffered a surprising elimination in Q2, despite posting a blistering lap that couldn't match the pace of the faster laps being clocked.
Sergio Perez also found himself not able to reach Q3 for yet another race weekend, after his lap time was deleted after the chequered flag.
As the track conditions improved, lap times continued to get faster in Q2, with many drivers opting for fresh sets of tyres.
Verstappen maintained his position at the top of the timesheets throughout the majority of the session, showcasing the superior downforce of his Red Bull car, particularly on the straights.
Towards the end of the session, the two McLarens mounted a late challenge, momentarily unsettling Verstappen as both of their cars surged ahead in the times.
Hamilton made his presence known right at the end of the Q2 session putting his car at the top of the field, 0.102 seconds ahead of Verstappen.
Joining Sainz and Perez on the side-lines for Q3 were Yuki Tsunoda, Alex Albon, and Nico Hulkenburg.
Last Dance for Lawson
Liam Lawson's inability to break free from the bottom five resulted in his elimination from Q1, marking what could potentially be his final qualifying session before Daniel Ricciardo's return.
In a race weekend where he aimed to prove himself, Logan Sargeant found himself eliminated from the session after his own team-mate, Alex Albon, pushed him into the bottom five.
All teams originally rushed out of the pit lanes, resulting in on-track congestion. This eagerness stemmed from the teams' desire to maximise their track time in light of the limited practice sessions available.
Given the tight track limits, several lap times were deleted early in the session, with Norris, Lance Stroll, and Leclerc among those affected.
Both Mercedes drivers strategically waited until the final seven minutes of the session to set their lap times, a move that proved beneficial as they quickly moved to the top of the timesheets.
As the chequered flag was waved in Q1, a frantic scramble occurred among the drivers to improve their times and escape the bottom five positions.
At the end of the Q1 session, Verstappen, Norris, and Alonso secured their spots at the top of the table, while Lawson, Sargeant, Stroll, Kevin Magnussen, and Zhou Guanyu faced elimination, unable to advance into Q2.
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