Sebastian Vettel claimed his second pole in a row for Red Bull at Silverstone.
Brawn's Rubens Barrichello managed to split the Red Bulls on the grid, as Mark Webber slipped from provisional pole to third on the grid.
Championship leader Jenson Button was only sixth, behind Toyota's Jarno Trulli and Williams's Kazuki Nakajima.
Reigning champion and last year's Silverstone winner Lewis Hamilton endured the worst qualifying session of his Formula One career, ending up 19th on the grid after his last Q1 run was halted by red flags for a massive accident involving Adrian Sutil.
The Force India driver was unhurt after his car hit the tyre barriers. Early reports suggest he had brake problems.
1 Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) 1:18.6852 Barrichello(Brawn-Mercedes) 1:19.8563 Webber (Red Bull-Renault) 1:19.8684 Trulli (Toyota) 1:20.0915 Nakajima (Williams-Toyota) 1:20.2166 Button (Brawn-Mercedes) 1:20.2897 Rosberg (Williams-Toyota) 1:20.3618 Glock (Toyota) 1:20.4909 Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:20.71510 Alonso (Renault) 1:20.74111 Massa (Ferrari) 1:18.92712 Kubica (BMW-Sauber) 1:19.30813 Kovalainen (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:19.35314 Piquet (Renault) 1:19.39215 Heidfeld (BMW-Sauber) 1:19.44816 Fisichella (Force India-Mercedes) 1:19.80217 Bourdais (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:19.89818 Sutil (Force India-Mercedes) 1:19.90919 Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:19.91720 Buemi (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:20.236
All timing unofficial