For the second time in two races, Sebastian Vettel has put his Red Bull car on the pole, ahead of factory teams from Ferrari and Mercedes. Red Bull teammate and Australia native Mark Weber starts from the outside of the front row, while Fernando Alonso qualified his Ferrari in third spot.
The gap to fourth was a surprising half second, with Jenson Button taking the outside of Row 2 for McLaren Mercedes. Felipe Massa, driving the second Ferrari, starts in fifth, while Michael Schumacher put his much improved Mercedes into the eighth starting position.
The surprise of the day was Lewis Hamilton, who struggled to stay on pace in the final qualifying session. Hamilton starts in 11th, but has the advantage of tire choice at the start of the race (the first 10 positions must start on tires used for qualifying).