It was a marathon qualifying session that finished two hours after the scheduled starting time, but the session was determined in the dying seconds when a last minute spin from Fernando Alonso cost Lewis Hamilton a final flying run and benefitted Nico Rosberg who was able to push to the flag and claim pole.
Many were quick to draw comparisons to the Hungarian qualifying session of 2007 where Alonso, then Hamilton's teammate, deliberately sat in the pitbox costing Hamilton precious seconds and the chance of a final lap.
Daniel Ricciardo finished the session in P3 with Red Bull teammate Verstappen filling out the second row, Ricciardo though lamented the fact that yellow flags prevented him from setting a competitive time and potentially closing the gap to the leaders.
Alonso and Button both reached Q3 and gave McLaren one of the most optimistic qualifying results in recent years. Sebastian Vettel claimed only P5 but suggested that Button had abandoned his final lap which cost him the chance of a top three finish.