George Russell made a late flight to join Sainz on the front row, the Mercedes driver sharing the Ferraris as Charles Leclerc qualified third and McLaren’s Lando Norris fourth. The pole was a second in a row for Ferrari and Sainz.
Red Bull’s runaway Formula 1 championship leader failed to make the top 10 in qualifying, with teammate Sergio Perez also falling short.
The 25-year-old Dutchman, record winner of the last 10 consecutive races, was eliminated from the second phase with the Mexican Perez. For Ferrari’s Sainz, it’s two consecutive poles after the Italian GP two weeks ago.
“It was… a shocking experience, absolutely shocking,” Verstappen told team radio after qualifying 11th and being pushed out of the top 10 at the end of the phase by AlphaTauri, Liam Lawson.
Perez, 145 points behind Verstappen in the standings but still his closest title rival, only qualified 13th after a late spin.
Red Bull has won every race this season and a record 15 in a row since last year.
Additional reporting from Reuters.