Nico Rosberg snatched pole position from his championship rival Lewis Hamilton for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix with his final throw of the dice in a dramatic qualifying session.
Hamilton, who is just one point adrift of Rosberg in the title race, appeared on course to secure pole, but, courtesy of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, had to abort his final timed run after Fernando Alonso spun ahead of him in his McLaren.
It allowed Rosberg, who was further behind his Mercedes team-mate on the track, to improve on his time with his very last lap to secure pole. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will line up on the second row for Red Bull.
Nico Rosberg has extended his stay with Mercedes after signing a new two-year contract.
The deal will see the 31-year-old German, who currently leads the championship, partner Lewis Hamilton until the end of 2018.
Rosberg holds a one-point lead over Hamilton heading into Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.
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Lewis Hamilton gave an emphatic performance in front of his home crowd to secure pole position for Sunday's British Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who trails his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 11 points in the championship, had his first lap deleted by the stewards for exceeding track limits. But the fired-up Briton returned to the Silverstone circuit to set an even quicker time to leave Rosberg trailing in his wake.
Rosberg will line up alongside his team-mate on the front row for Sunday's race but he was one third of a second slower than Hamilton.
Red Bull secured the second row with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo third and fourth on the grid.
Home favourite Lewis Hamilton led the way in final practice for the British Grand Prix as Marcus Ericsson walked away unscathed from a huge shunt.
While Hamilton, quickest in both sessions at Silverstone on Friday, topped the timesheets once more - his best lap just 0.063 seconds faster than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg - the one-hour session was heavily disrupted following Ericsson's crash.
With 20 minutes remaining, the Swedish driver lost control of his Sauber on the exit of Stowe before hitting the inside barrier head-on at high speed.
The force of the impact saw Ericsson sustain significant damage to his Sauber, but the 25-year-old walked away from the accident. The red flags were immediately deployed and Ericsson was given a once-over by medical staff at the scene of the crash.
While he appeared fine, his participation in qualifying later on Saturday is in doubt following the damage sustained to his car.
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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be free to race for the remainder of the Formula One season, Mercedes have said in a statement.
Hamilton and Rosberg, who crashed on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix, were hauled in front of Mercedes bosses Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe at the team's Brackley headquarters for crisis talks on Thursday.
A furious Wolff had threatened to impose team orders following their third collision in five races, but Rosberg and Hamilton, who the German leads by 11 points heading into Sunday's British Grand Prix, are now set to continue their battle on the track.
Mercedes did stress, however, that team orders could still be used as a "last resort".
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Daniel Ricciardo secured the first pole of his Formula One career with an incredible lap in qualifying for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.
Championship leader Nico Rosberg will join the Red Bull driver on the front row with his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who has not won at the principality since 2008, only third on the grid.
Ricciardo's emphatic lap marked the first pole position for Red Bull since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Hamilton already trails Rosberg by 43 points, and the fraught defence of his championship crown took another dramatic twist after another engine failure prevented the Briton from posting a quick lap until the closing moments of qualifying.
Hamilton emerged for Q3 - the final phase of qualifying - but was told to stop at the end of the pit-lane with a fuel leak issue before his car was recovered by his Mercedes mechanics.