Lewis Hamilton made it a hat-trick of pole positions at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia after he set the fastest ever qualifying lap in over a decade. Mercedes locked out the front row with Nico Rosberg taking second place, but was almost half a second slower than his teammate.
The reigning World Champion looked in good rhythm during the entire session, while the German driver struggled with the balance of his car. At one point in Q3 it looked like the Red Bull Racing drivers will out qualify Rosberg. However the Austrian team had to settle for the second row with Max Verstappen coming out ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo.
The Red Bull team will pose a threat to Mercedes during the race as they showed good pace during FP2 on the medium tyres and with Hamilton struggling with race starts, they could have an opportunity. The four-time constructors' champions have clearly established themselves as the main contenders to Mercedes ahead of Ferrari.
The Maranello based team had to settle for P5 and P6 leaving them on the third row and a massive task ahead of them on Sunday. Ferrari are yet to win a race this season and last year's winner Sebastian Vettel is unlikely to repeat the feat unless at least a couple of the cars ahead suffer any technical trouble during the race.
Force India are winning their battle with Williams for fourth place in the Constructors' Championship as both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg out qualified the Williams cars with Felipe Massa in tenth and Bottas in 11th.
Where to watch live
The race starts at 8am BST on Sunday, with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live TV coverage.
Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.
Top 10 results of the qualifying session from the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia:
|3||MAX VERSTAPPEN||RED BULL RACING||1:33.420|
|4||DANIEL RICCIARDO||RED BULL RACING||1:33.467|
|7||SERGIO PEREZ||FORCE INDIA||1:34.319|
|8||NICO HULKENBERG||FORCE INDIA||1:34.489|