Red Bull team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will start tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix from the front row after dominating the qualifying battle in Melbourne today.

Vettel edged his Australian team-mate (pictured) by just over a tenth of a second to claim pole position with a 1m23.919s best.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton made a shock exit from qualifying in Q2, complaining of a poor balance. However, team boss Martin whitmarsh suggested Hamilton's rap for a road driving offence may have distracted him.

Australian Grand Prix qualifying times

1 Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) 1:23.9192 Webber (Red Bull-Renault) 1:24.0353 Alonso (Ferrari) 1:24.1114 Button (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:24.6755 Massa (Ferrari) 1:24.8376 Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:24.8847 Schumacher (Mercedes) 1:24.9278 Barrichello (Williams-Cosworth) 1:25.2179 Kubica (Renault) 1:25.37210 Sutil (Force India-Mercedes) 1:26.03611 Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:25.18412 Buemi (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:25.63813 Liuzzi (Force India-Mercedes) 1:25.74314 de la Rosa (Sauber-Ferrari) 1:25.74715 Hulkenberg (Williams-Cosworth) 1:25.74816 Kobayashi (Sauber-Ferrari) 1:25.77717 Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:26.08918 Petrov (Renault) 1:26.47119 Kovalainen (Lotus-Cosworth) 1:28.79720 Trulli (Lotus-Cosworth) 1:29.11121 Glock (Virgin-Cosworth) 1:29.59222 di Grassi (Virgin-Cosworth) 1:30.18523 Senna (HRT-Cosworth) 1:30.52624 Chandhok (HRT-Cosworth) 1:30.613

All timing unofficial