Jenson Button (32) has ended a three-year drought by securing pole position at the Belgium Grand Prix.
The McLaren driver leads the way from Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi in a career-high second and Pastor Maldonado in his Williams.
With none of the top-five title contenders performing as expected Button celebrated his first pole position since the Monacco Grand Prix in 2009.
Last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel started from pole in 2011 but now revs up from 10th for Sunday afternoon’s main event.
Kimi Raikkonen will start from fourth on the grid with Sauber’s Sergio Perez starts fifth while Championship leader Fernando Alonso is in sixth.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber finished seventh but will serve a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change that drops him to 12th.
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton gets bumped up to seventh.