Sebastian Vettel took his fifth pole position of the season and 41st of his career with a lap time of 1:42.481. Nico Rosberg equally impressed in his Mercedes with a laptime of 1:42.923. His time was just 0.091 seconds slower than Vettel's benchmark. Romain Grosjean who has been flying since Lotus updated his car overnight, completed the top three.
Having taken provisional pole by over a second following his first run in Q3, Vettel decided to stay in the garage and bite his teeth instead as he watched others completing their second run. In the end, Vettel's lap time was just enough to secure his fifth pole position of the season. Who knows how good his lap time had been if he had decided to do a second run.
Mark Webber in the sister Red Bull matched his teammate in first two sectors but lost vital time in the final one which meant he could only qualify in fourth. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, was comprehensively beaten by his teammate on one of his strongest track. He starts the race from 5th place having set a lap time of 1:43.354.
The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were sixth and seventh fastest respectively with Massa the faster of the two. Jenson Button and his McLaren looked in good shape and this weekend and the Brit locked the eight fastest time of the day. Daniel Ricciardo again managed to take his Toro Rosso in Q3 and will start tomorrow's Singapore Grand Prix.
Meanwhile, Esteban Gutierrez put on the surprise of the day by putting his Sauber into Q3, while his teammate and qualifying specialist Nico Hulkenberg could only manage 11th one the grid. The result will certainly bring praises to the Mexican who has been criticized all year long for his poor performances.
Kimi Raikkonen in the second Lotus failed to make the final cut having been comprehensively slower than his teammate all weekend due to problems with his back. Sergio Perez in the McLaren was 14th fastest ahead of Force India's Adrian Sutil and Williams' Valterri Bottas.
Paul di Resta got eliminated in Q1 again and the frustration was clear from his face post qualifying. He was joined by Williams' Pastor Maldonado along with the usual suspects Caterham and Marussia.