Nico Rosberg secured his fifth successive pole position after edging out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Rosberg led Hamilton after the first runs in Q3 after a mistake by the Briton at Bico de Pato, and the German improved on his second lap to a 1:11.282.
Hamilton crossed the line 0.078s adrift of Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a distant third.
Valtteri Bottas qualified in fourth place but will drop to seventh as a result of his penalty for a red flag infringement in practice.
That promotes Kimi Räikkönen into fourth, Nico Hülkenberg to fifth and Daniil Kvyat to sixth.
Felipe Massa was unable to match the pace of team-mate Bottas and will start from eighth, while Daniel Ricciardo qualified ninth but will drop to 19th due to an engine penalty.
Max Verstappen rounded out the Q3 competitors, three-tenths back on Ricciardo.
Felipe Nasr missed out on a berth in Q2 and set the 11th best time, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr.
Sergio Pérez was a lowly 13th for Force India, with Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean completing the Q2 runners, the latter scuppering his prospects due to a high-speed spin exiting Ferradura.
Pastor Maldonado fell at the first hurdle as he set only the 16th fastest time, ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button.
Alexander Rossi once again out-qualified Manor Marussia team-mate Will Stevens, while Fernando Alonso stopped out on track in Q1 due to a power failure.
Alonso was unable to set a time and watched the remainder of Q1 from a deckchair track-side.
Alonso and Button both jokingly climbed onto the podium to wave to the fans as they walked towards their required press commitments.