Sebastian Vettel secured his third successive pole position ahead of the Korean Grand Prix to move ahead of Lewis Hamilton in their qualifying duel this season.
Starting the session on five poles apiece at the Korea International Circuit, Vettel had enough in hand over Hamilton come the conclusion that he could abort his final flying lap.
The three-times world champion posted a time of one minute 37.202secs in his Red Bull to finish just over two tenths of a second faster than Mercedes star Hamilton, who will start second.
Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber qualified third, but with a 10-place grid penalty hanging over him from Singapore the Australian will now start 13th.
Final Positions after Qualifying:
1 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1mins 37.202secs,
2 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:37.420,
3 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:37.464,
4 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Lotus F1 Team 1:37.531,
5 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:37.679,
6 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 1:38.038,
7 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:38.223,
8 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.237,
9 Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.405,
10 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus F1 Team 1:38.822,
11 Sergio Perez (Mex) McLaren 1:38.362,
12 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:38.365,
13 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.417,
14 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India 1:38.431,
15 Paul di Resta (Gbr) Force India 1:38.718,
16 Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.781,
17 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 1:39.470,
18 Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Williams 1:39.987,
19 Charles Pic (Fra) Caterham 1:40.864,
20 Giedo van der Garde (Ned) Caterham 1:40.871,
21 Jules Bianchi (Fra) Marussia 1:41.169,
22 Max Chilton (Gbr) Marussia 1:41.322
Note: Mark Webber will start from 13th place following his 10 place penalty for a reprimand from the Singapore Grand Prix