World champion Lewis Hamilton will start last at the Brazilian Grand Prix after crashing out in Q1, with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas taking pole position.
The Brit, who secured his fourth title in Mexico last month, lost control of his rear mid-corner on his first flying lap, sending him careering sideways into a barrier.
Hamilton said he was fine over the team radio, but remained in his cockpit in apparent disbelief as the session was red flagged.
Qualifying soon resumed with Bottas squabbling with the Ferraris for pole.
And it was the Finn who came out on top in Q3, posting a superb 1:08.322 to pip Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, with Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finishing fourth and fifth.
Ricciardo will take a 10-place penalty for Sunday's race, promoting Force India's Sergio Perez and McLaren's Fernando Alonso into fifth and sixth respectively.
1. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 1:08.322
2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:08.360
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:08.538
4. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:08.925
5. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:09.330
6. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1:09.598
7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:09.617
8. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 1:09.703
9. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Renault 1:09.805
10. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1:09.841
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11. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India - Mercedes 1:09.830
12. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas - Ferrari 1:09.879
13. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1:10.116
14. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas - Ferrari 1:10.154
15. Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) Toro Rosso - Renault
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16. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1:10.678
17. Pierre Gasly (France) Toro Rosso - Renault 1:10.686
18. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams-Mercedes 1:10.776
19. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - Ferrari 1:10.875
20. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes