No speed this weekend for Mercedes who were half a second slower most of qualifying behind Ferrari driver Leclerc.
Hamilton was closest despite having problems when changing gears.
The Brit still split the Ferraris claiming a front-row spot after Sebastian Vettel had what he called a “little wobble” in the last sector on his flying lap.
Bottas came in for 5th on the grid for tomorrows race after a disappointing drive after aborting his final attempt of his flying lap and was pipped by Red Bull Verstappen.
Sainz claimed sixth for McLaren, followed by Nico Hulkenberg. Lando Norris, who was unhappy with the first half of his lap, which placed him up in the grid to eighth. Romain Grosjean told his Haas team ninth was probably the best the car could manage after pushing Daniel Ricciardo down to 10th.