It was an early shower for Nico Rosberg after claiming pole and vacating his car with one and a half minutes remaining in the session, but it was Lewis Hamilton's misfortune that tells the story, with the Brit failing to take to the track during Q3 with the same MGU-H issue that afflicted him in China.
"I was quite confident that the lap was good enough because in Q2 Ferrari was quite far away," said Rosberg.
"Of-course starting pole position will be great," said Rosberg when asked about his chances of another victory, "but it's never easy."
After telling the BBC that he, "can't really afford to fall any further back" Hamilton's issues should give Rosberg an easy run to his seventh straight race win, and expanding on his "magic pudding-like" points lead over the reigning champion this season.
Valtteri Bottas will line up alongside Rosberg, with Sebastian Vettel setting the second fastest time but incurring a five-place grid penalty and will effectively be Hamilton's first major obstacle as the surge toward a podium position kicks off tomorrow.