The Briton’s time of 1:16.741 was enough to lead the way for Sunday’s race, overshadowing Michael Schumacher’s 68 and Ayrton Senna’s 65 poles, and Hamilton admitted it hasn’t all been straight forward this weekend.
He said: “FP3 was looking really good, I think we’ve been strong all weekend. I made some changes and I had a bit of anxiety about the changes we were potentially going to make for qualifying.”
“You’re always trying to make the car better but it’s a bit of a gamble. You’ve also got to keep the race in mind also.
“Who would have thought in 2013 or the end of 2012 when we made the decision to partner we’d be qualifying at 100? I feel very humble, very grateful. I’m ecstatic like it’s my first.”
Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas will start behind the Red Bull of Verstappen, with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc once again showing good midfield pace in the scarlet car starting P4.
However, with just eight points between Hamilton and Verstappen at the top of the table, Red Bull have little room for error, with the Dutchman reflecting on his session.
“The second run was a little bit worse, it was quite gusty and the wind changes a lot.
“Nevertheless I think second for us is very good today. We know they’re hard to beat around here.
“To be that close, I can be happy with that. It’s a long run to turn one. Of course first you have to make sure you have a good start. The pace is there so of course I hope we can have a good race.
“Around here with all the fast corners and tyres overheating, tyre management is very important. We have to make sure we’re on top of that tomorrow.
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon once again out-qualified his team-mate, the two time world champion Fernando Alonso, to round up the top five.
McLaren have fallen behind a bit with their pace this weekend, with Daniel Ricciardo starting P7 and Lando Norris slotting into P9.
George Russell in the Williams starts P15 after getting into Q2 on Saturday.
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