Sebastian Vettel waited until his last lap to put his Red Bull on pole for the first time this season.
Vettel has been out-qualified by his team-mate Mark Webber in the first three races of the year. It looked like it was going to business as usual but the German managed to slot in just ahead of him.
After losing his pole position, Lewis Hamilton looked determined to get it back. The McLaren driver made a small error and could only manage to split the two Red Bulls. Jenson Button was the last of the front runners left on track, but he decided to settle for fourth.
Nico Rosberg was the favourite to take pole, ahead of the qualifying session. His Mercedes team elected to send Rosberg out for one lap at the end, but he could only manage fifth. Fellow Mercedes driver, Michael Schumacher, didn’t fare quite as well when he was knocked out in the first session. The oldest driver on the grid said he wasn’t able to set a fast lap due to problems with his DRS. He was knocked out by a stunning lap from Heikki Kovalainen. The Caterham found a well over a second and put himself into the second session.
Back in the top-ten Daniel Ricciardo got himself well in and out-qualified his team-mate by 13 positions. Jean-Eric Vergne was the other surprise knock out in the first session. Another success in the team-mate battle was Romain Grosjean who sent Kimi Raikkonen packing in the second session. The Frenchman sits behind Ricciardo on the grid.
Williams didn’t have the best of sessions with Pastor Maldonado not going out in Q2, with KERS problems. He qualified in 17th but receives a five place grid drop after changing his gearbox. Bruno Senna could only manage 15th and will be racing compatriot Felipe Massa who is on the row in front of him.
It looks like it is going to be an exciting start to the race and Vettel will want a better start than he had in China.