Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel continued the dominance he showed in practice to take his fourth pole position of the season. The German driver looked untouchable throughout the session and in the end clocked the timesheet in 1:23.755 to take Red Bull Racing's 50th pole position.
Lewis Hamilton, who has been on pole for the last four races failed to make it into Q3 after he was impended twice by Adrian Sutil on two separate laps at the end of Q2. The incident is under the investigation by the FIA.
Another major surprise in the session came from Nico Hulkenberg who set the third fastest time of the session - just one tenth slower than Mark Webber. His performance will raise his chances of a top drive with Ferrari as they had a trouble afternoon at their home race. Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso both ran in qualifying in formation, trying to get the benefit of slipstreaming. But right at the end of qualifying, Felipe Massa, who led this formation got too far for Alonso and despite latter complaining about the same on radio, the Brazilian failed to slow down. In the end, Massa finished the second fourth fastest ahead of Fernando Alonso.
Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg in the sole Q3 running Mercedes could only manage sixth having suffered from hydraulics issues earlier today.
Toro Rosso looked strong again with their low downforce package with both the drivers making it into the top 10. Daniel Ricciardo got better of the two and set the 7th fastest lap time. Meanwhile, his teammate Jean Eric Vergne ran very wide at the Parabolica on his final flying lap, covering much of the pit straight with dust. He ended the session as 10th fastest.
McLaren, who locked up the front row last year, were only eight and ninth fastest with Sergio Perez, the faster of the two drivers.
Earlier in Q2, the Lotus' of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean joined Hamilton in the list of major disappointments. Pastor Maldonado put on a brilliant lap in Q1 to progress into Q2 but that was all he could get from his Williams. The Force Indias of Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta continuously hit the rev limiter on the straights and failed to get better than Q2. The duo starts the race from 14th and 16th on the grid.
In Q1, Esteban Gutierrez and Valterri Bottas joined the usual suspects led by Giedo Van der Garde. Despite having an upper hand in practice sessions, Max Chilton qualified a spot below his teammate Jules Bianchi.