Michael Schumacher gave his world championship ambitions a shot in the arm by taking pole position for today's United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.
Schumacher, who trails Fernando Alonso by 25 points, put in a lap of one minute 10.832 seconds, which was 0.603secs quicker than team-mate Felipe Massa as Ferrari fired out a warning to Renault.
World champion Alonso's run of five consecutive pole positions was brought to an end on a track where he has never finished a grand prix.
He was over a second off the pace in fifth position when the chequered flag flew.
The Spaniard was even outqualified by third-placed team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella for just the third time this season.
Rubens Barrichello lifted some of the gloom at under-performing Honda by taking fourth, with team-mate Jenson Button seventh.
Scotsman David Coulthard will start 17th for Red Bull after missing the cut in first qualifying.