Hamilton made a fantastic start to Q3 with a lap time of 1:36.105 and Verstappen soon sped over the line three tenths shy.
But the Dutchman was keen to make up the difference and recorded quicker early segments during his final attempt.
However, an engine problem, which he claims made him “angry” during practice, was to blame once again.
Verstappen was still able to hold on to second place, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas, while his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo finished sixth, behind Kimi Raikkonen.
But he will be left wondering what could have been – although he will take solace from his front-row position.
“If it was going to be enough to pole I am not so sure but at least it was going to be closer than three tenths,” he said.
“I am already surprised to be second with all the issues I am having.
“The only thing I can say is it was a great qualifying, I think the best I have ever done and also the car was working really well. Definitely that put us second today.
“It was totally unexpected.
“From FP3 onwards I was shaking from anger but now I am shaking from happiness.
“In FP3 just so many problems. Going into false neutral, the car was stopping on track. While driving on my fast laps it was just bogging down, and qualifying was exactly the same story.
“We had to detune the engine and lost a bit of time there to try to make the driveability better, but it still didn’t work like it should do.
“Going into Q3 I felt the car was working really well and didn’t have anything to complain, so when I saw second on the board I was actually quite surprised with the problems I had.
“On my final run, I tried to push a bit more and I was another two tenths up. Then I arrived to [Turn] 16/17 and when I had to short shift again, the engine just cut out, so I had to abort.”
Source : EXPRESS