Mark Webber came out on top of a frenetic qualifying battle ahead of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, just pipping Renault's Robert Kubica to pole position.

The Pole had set the pace from the start of the ten-minute shoot-out, and appeared on course for his first P1 of the season as he consistently lowered his time, but Webber pulled the fastest lap of the weekend out of nowhere to duck below 1min 14secs and deny Kubica with the chequered flag being unfurled.

Kubica held on for second as the Australian's Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel proved unable to match the pace, leaving the German to share row two with Felipe Massa, who will attempt to use Ferrari colleague Fernando Alonso's absence to rebuild his own morale from fourth spot. The Brazilian, however, may yet face sanction for appearing to block a Jenson Button flier.

Lewis Hamilton shares row three with former karting team-mate Nico Rosberg, while the German's Mercedes team-mate, multiple world champion Michael Schumacher, lines up seventh fastest, just ahead of Button.

The final two places in the shoot-out were filled, as expected, by Rubens Barrichello and Tonio Liuzzi, although both appeared higher up the order as the battle raged. Liuzzi, supposedly fighting for his place at Force India, popped up in fourth early on, while Barrichello pushed his Williams into fifth just as Webber claimed top spot for the first time.

Full report and result to follow...