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Clearly Bottas, the quicker Mercedes driver all weekend in Shanghai, found his advantage cut by Hamilton to just 0.023 seconds as the world champion finally found pace.
And also, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, 0.301secs off the pace, and just 0.017secs quicker than team-mate Charles Leclerc.
Bottas, who had had a comfortable lead over Hamilton all weekend, found himself under severe pressure in the top 10 shoot-out.
The Finn, who leads Hamilton in the championship by one point, was just 0.007secs quicker than the Briton on their first laps.
It was neck and neck on the second runs, but Bottas managed to improve as Hamilton slipped a little in the final sector of his run and Bottas had his first pole of 2019.
Sunday’s race is at 07:10 BST, live on the BBC Sport website and 5 live.
As Vettel and other drivers overtook to ensure they crossed the line in time, Verstappen swore about the antics of his rivals
As he felt they had broken an unwritten code that says drivers do not overtake in the closing corners of a warm-up lap.
And speaking to Dutch TV he suggested he would retaliate at subsequent races.
But he later calmed down and admitted Red Bull were “too late anyway”.
Vettel said he had no choice but to overtake because of the shortage of time, and that he was surprised the other drivers had not been warned as well.
Bottas said: “It has been a good weekend so far. I felt really comfortable in practice this morning. In qualifying I struggled a bit in Q3 to get the perfect lap in but it was good enough.
“The car has been really good all weekend and Lewis managed to improve a lot during qualifying and it was super close.”
According to Lewis Hamilton, “I kept pushing right to the end. Big congratulations to Valtteri. He has been stellar all weekend. I have been struggling and chipping away at it.
The gap was 0.8secs at one stage so to be as close as we were is a good job and an incredible result for the team.”
Vettel admitted that Ferrari did not quite have the pace to challenge Mercedes on one lap but was optimistic he could challenge in the race.
However, Vettel has had the edge on Leclerc in China so far but the Monegasque came agonisingly close to beating him for the second weekend in a row.
Actually, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has said that Vettel will have priority in “50-50 situations” but has said the two will be allowed to race.