Lewis Hamilton has taken his sixth pole in a row in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will share the front row, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen in a repeat of the top four on the grid for the Australian Grand Prix.
Also similar to the season-opener, a Red Bull qualified fifth, but this time it was Dan Ricciardo who led the charge for the Milton Keynes squad.
His team-mate Max Verstappen, on the other hand, failed to progress past Q1, which was topped by Vettel.
Verstappen had not set a time until late in the session as he battled apparent engine problems.
When he did so, the Dutchman could only go 17th fastest, before ultimately being bumped to 19th.
The others eliminated were Stofel Vandoorne, Romain Grosjean, Jolyon Palmer, and Sebastian Ocon.
Antonio Giovinazzi was 15th in the first hit-out but did not reappear after he crashed late in the piece at the final corner, delaying the start of Q2.
Raikkonen topped Q2 after opting for a second run, in contrast to the Mercedes, while Carlos Sainz Jnr was first in the drop zone.
Kevin Magnussen improved on his own best after the chequered flag, but managed to advance only one position to 12th, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Marcus Ericsson.
Hamilton led after the first runs in Q3, despite a somewhat untidy lap, from Vettel and Bottas.
The Briton was more textbook when he came out for his second run, lowering his personal best to 1:31.678s.
Bottas went second, before Vettel came home to edge the Finn by a single thousandth of a second.
Ricciardo finished a distant fifth, but was still comfortably faster than sixth-placed Felipe Massa.
Rookie Lance Stroll made Q3 for the first time and will start 10th.
The top 10 will start the race on super-soft tyres after setting their respective fastest Q2 laps on the compound.
The race will start tomorrow at 1600 AEST.
Qualifying: Chinese Grand Prix
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||1:34.041||1:33.546||1:33.033||12|
|6||Felipe Massa||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:34.205||1:33.759||1:33.507||14|
|8||Sergio Perez||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||1:34.657||1:33.920||1:33.706||15|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||TORO ROSSO||1:34.440||1:34.034||1:33.719||17|
|10||Lance Stroll||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:33.986||1:34.090||1:34.220||18|
|11||Carlos Sainz||TORO ROSSO||1:34.567||1:34.150||11|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||HAAS FERRARI||1:34.942||1:34.164||12|
|13||Fernando Alonso||MCLAREN HONDA||1:34.499||1:34.372||11|
|14||Marcus Ericsson||SAUBER FERRARI||1:34.892||1:35.046||15|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||SAUBER FERRARI||1:34.963||No time||8|
|16||Stoffel Vandoorne||MCLAREN HONDA||1:35.023||6|
|17||Romain Grosjean||HAAS FERRARI||1:35.223||6|
|19||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||1:35.433||7|
|20||Esteban Ocon||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||1:35.496||8|