Mark Webber beat Red Bull team-mate and new world champion Sebastian Vettel to pole position at the Abu Dhabi GP.
Webber, who has struggled to beat Vettel at the Yas Marina track, was 0.1 seconds quicker than the German.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was third as team-mate Lewis Hamilton suffered suspension failure and took fourth.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, battling to keep second in the championship, was 11th, out of the top 10 for the first time this year.
The Spaniard was beaten by team-mate Felipe Massa for the fifth time in six races and the eighth occasion in 17 grands prix this season.
The Brazilian was eighth quickest in the top 10 shoot-out, behind Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen in fifth, Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean.