Lewis Hamilton produced an absolute banzai Q3 lap to claim pole position for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay.
Though Ferrari went into the session as favourites, it was actually Red Bull that led both Q1 and Q2, but when it mattered most the world champion set a stunning 1m36.015s on his first flying lap which would go unbeaten.
Max Verstappen did all he could but would finish a third of a second down in second with Sebastian Vettel once again left frustrated with his team as he could only manage third, six tenths off the pace.
Valtteri Bottas followed in fourth, just ahead of his countryman Kimi Raikkonen with Daniel Ricciardo completing the top six in his Red Bull.
A very tight midfield battle would see Sergio Perez claim seventh in an upgraded Force India that has been very competitive all weekend.
Romain Grosjean was able to split the two pink panthers in eighth, just 0.045s ahead of Esteban Ocon as Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10 for Renault.
At the start of Q2, Ferrari attempted to use the Ultrasoft tyre to make it into the top 10, but quickly Raikkonen struggled for grip while Vettel was only 10th.
Hamilton set an impressive time only to be matched by the two Red Bulls with Verstappen just ahead and Ricciardo just behind.
Eventually, both Scuderia drivers went back out on the Hypersoft with Kimi going P1 as his German teammate suffered traffic at the end of his lap but was still P6.
In the scramble to make the top 10 shoot-out, Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz would just miss out in P11 and P12 as Ocon and Grosjean produced the goods on their final efforts.
The two Saubers followed as Charles Leclerc survived a brush against the wall in Turn 21 but was only 13th, one place ahead of partner Marcus Ericsson as Pierre Gasly completed the top 15.
In Q1, Hamilton was feeling the pressure as Mercedes opted to use the Ultrasoft tyre rather the Hyper but his best time would be just enough as he made it through in 14th.
Instead, it would be Kevin Magnussen who misjudged the cut-off point as the Haas driver went out in 16th ahead of Brendon Hartley in the Toro Rosso.
Stoffel Vandoorne is still yet to out-qualify teammate Alonso this season as the Belgian sat 18th with the two Williams' of Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll completing the grid.
The full grid for Sunday's race can be seen below:
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Renault covering their own lack of pace
Stroll pleased 'bridge hasn't burned' wi
Vandoorne gets confirmed with HWA for Se
Vettel 'a lot like Schumacher' and will
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Ricciardo right at home at 'one of the b
Mick Schumacher 'can become one of the g
Mercedes see threats from Honda and aero
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Hamilton calls for 'dynamic' F1 weekends
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Williams is considering Ocon for second
Abiteboul: Renault a victim of Mercedes/
FIA gives green-light to 2019 F1 calenda
Pirelli prepared to allow teams unlimite
Mercedes junior Russell confirmed at Wil
Palmer wants 're-think' of F1 stewarding
Marko 'upset' with Vettel and 'shocked'
Toro Rosso's Tost: Time running out to a
Verstappen reveals Red Bull's sharp resp
Wehrlein refused Formula E offers as he
Mercedes suggests Sochi team order was a
Vettel accepts Mercedes have had it 'too
Ex-F1 driver Coulthard reveals all-femal
Ricciardo admits F1 motivation has 'fluc
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FIA refute engine sensor claim regarding
Hamilton calls for Vettel 'respect' by m
Vettel to seek private chat with Verstap
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Vettel reaffirms Ferrari commitment afte
Alonso: Suzuka penalty proves 'how bad F
Vietnam to be confirmed on 2020 Formula
Hamilton surprised by sudden Ferrari slu
Gasly unhappy with Toro Rosso strategy a
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Raikkonen: Verstappen incident compromis
Mercedes boss Wolff: Vettel right to att
Alonso enjoyed the fight despite finishi
Ricciardo admits P4 exceeded Red Bull's
Bottas accepts finishing P2 to Hamilton
Leclerc demands answers from stewards af
Verstappen rejects blame for Ferrari inc
Vettel slams Verstappen for coming toget
Hamilton vows 'one step at a time' as fi
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Alonso: McLaren car the same since Spain
Ocon gets grid penalty for practice red
Hartley thrilled by best F1 qualifying a
Vettel accepts he & Ferrari made tyre ch
Hamilton praises Q3 decision as he reach
Verstappen throws shade at Vettel after
Ricciardo's simple response after Suzuka
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Renault: Red Bull playing hardball over
Sirotkin wants to see Williams recovery
Bottas 'feels like a winner' from Sochi
Alonso 'still loves F1' as he enters fin
Arrivabene committed to Ferrari amid Juv
Approaching typhoon could keep Renault &
Bottas 'more disciplined' than Barrichel
Drivers want the 'risk' of DRS zone thro
Vettel insists it's not 'now or never' f
Jos credits improved mental approach for
Leclerc: Bianchi memory makes Suzuka deb
Hamilton's bold idea to improve Sochi: R
Abiteboul: Renault only a 'small factor'
Hamilton hopes 2021 rule changes can rev
Ferrari engine advantage has 'disappeare
FIA consider solution to avoid repeat of
Gasly reveals Vettel conversation helped
Hankook takes next step towards possible
Marko makes stinging Vandoorne claim as
Mercedes boss Wolff: Bottas willing to g
Monaco disappointment led to turnaround
Brawn advises Mick Schumacher of next ca
Hamilton unconvinced by Ferrari's decisi
Kvyat never fully understood Red Bull de
Arrivabene linked with Ferrari exit as E
Toro Rosso claims Honda Spec 3 is ahead
Ocon doubts Force India swap tactic help
Gasly feared injury after debris avoids
Leclerc hails 'great overtake' as key to
Vettel maintain belief in 2018 title hop
Verstappen shocked by pace of Russian GP
Bottas claims Mercedes team order was 'c
Hamilton maintains Vettel defence was ag