In what turned out to be an unexpectedly tricky qualifying session, drivers found it tough to get their 2014 season off to a confident start.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (center) took pole position while Red Bull debutant Daniel Ricciardo (right) came second and Nico Rosberg finished with the third quickest time.
Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position from Australia's Daniel Ricciardo in the dying seconds of a thrilling Australian Grand Prix qualifying session.
Ricciardo, preparing for his first race with Red Bull, stormed to the top of the field as the clocked ticked down to zero, before he was trumped by Mercedes' Hamilton in a flying last lap in driving rain.
Hamilton's German team-mate, Nico Rosberg, placed third, with McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen fourth and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso fifth in the season's first qualifying session.
Vettel though was unimpressive as he finished as the 13th quickest despite being the defending champion again.
|3||Daniel RicciardoRed Bull||Australian||227|
|6||Max VerstappenToro Rosso||Dutch||165|
|7||Sergio PerezForce India||Mexican||84|
|9||Nico HulkenbergForce India||German||54|
|2||Red Bull||Daniel Ricciardo|
|4||Force India||Sergio Perez|
|7||Toro Rosso||Max Verstappen|