Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton is aiming equal Ayrton Senna’s record of eight straight pole positions as well as the late triple time world champion’s career tally of 41 wins from 161 races.
Lewis on top in drivers’ standings by 53 points from Rosberg, putting him well on course to match his boyhood idol Senna’s haul of three world titles.
Following the Friday practice, Hamilton disappointed with track changes and his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg endured an unusually hard day in practice.
The Brit said that, there was nothing wrong with his car which has dominated all this year but did query the decision by organizers to tighten turns 11 and 12 and widen the 13th.
“I don’t like it, it made the track worse, the track was fine the way it was before,” he told reporters as he continually wiped sweat from his brow.
Latest circuit modifications were made to help boost overtaking opportunities on the narrow street circuit.
“Definitely we have a genuine challenge from these guys and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes,” the 30-year-old said.
“We didn’t do a good job today and the others have been pretty quick…but I learned a lot and it will be OK by tomorrow,” Hamilton said following finishing 0.639 seconds back of Kvyat.
The unusual make-up of the leader board, in a season dominated by the Mercedes cars of Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, hints at an unpredictable weekend in prospect.
“We’re not happy with the performance today,” fumed Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. “We haven’t really made the tyre in the way we should on the one-lap performance or the long run either.
“We’ve seen some spectacular performances on the long runs from Red Bull. We just need to get our heads together and assess what’s happening.”