Team mate Valtteri Bottas held an advantage of 0.457s after the primary runs in Q 3, but Hamilton turned the tables along with his own second set of softs to post a 1m20.486s secure rod.
Bottas failed to improve on his second encounter, meaning he ended up 0.112s behind.
After revealing closely in pre-season testing, the lead Ferrari of all Sebastian Vettel has been a massive 0.704s off pole position using never shown Mercedes-threatening pace this weekend.
One of those stars of qualifying was debutant Lando Norris, who qualified eighth and 1.818s off the pace after a powerful performance in both Q2 and Q3.
Both Renault drivers were both eliminated in Q2, with Nico Hulkenberg 11th after getting pushed into the dropzone by Perez, who lapped 0.030so faster.
Hulkenberg had opted out for another run, but aborted that pursue that which he reported as a boost pressure drop-out and had to rely on his own first-run period, which had been threatened by period lost while in the final sector.
Daniel Ricciardo had been 0.008s slower later being struggling to generate a enormous enough progress on his second run to stay in the upper ten, admitting he didn’t have the confidence in the lap afterwards traffic compromised his out-lap.
Alex Albon was the fastest of those Toro Rosso drivers at 13th spot, 0.138s faster than coming team mate Daniil Kvyat, who was 15th — that the duo sandwiching the next Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi.
Racing Point Lance Stroll was speediest of these eradicated from Q1 having reluctantly jumped to eighth after being among the primary drivers to specify a time on his second set of tyres before being clubbed to the dropzone by overdue improver Ricciardo.
Despite lapping only 0.144so slower than team mate Verstappen, Red Bull debutant Pierre Gasly has been a highprofile victim in Q1 at 17th place.
He had been one of only five drivers not to aim another run from the primary segment in qualifying and has been shuffled down amid the late flurry of developments, describing the plan as”a little optimistic”.
Carlos Sainz’s first qualifying session for McLaren ended in disappointment at 18th place, only over half a tenth behind Gasly.
Unsurprisingly, the ultimate two places were filled by the Williams drivers, using George Russell the faster of the two later lapping 1.276s slower than Sainz.
Robert Kubica, at his very first F1 qualifying session since the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, had been last and 1.707s behind Russell.
He was not able to improve on his second pursue kissing the wall departing the Turn 9/10 right/left, which lent him a right-rear puncture that shown itself at the way of Turn 11.