In an exciting qualifying, Sebastian Vettel secured pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber. Completing the Top Five are Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg. Bruno Senna put in a convincing performance in his first qualifying session for Lotus Renault GP and will start from seventh, just behind Jaime Alguersuari.
Team-mate Vitaly Petrov finished in tenth place behind Alonso and Perez. Unlike the third free practice session, qualifying started in the dry. The rain returned only towards the end of Q1, affecting some parts of the track more than others.