The Dane was quickest simply earlier than George Russell spun his Mercedes into the gravel at Interlagos, bringing out the purple flags with eight minutes remaining and the climate deteriorating.
There was no probability of anybody else going quicker than Magnussen’s time of 1 minute and 11.674 seconds.
“I do not know what to say,” he stated.
“The group put me out on the observe on the precise proper second. We had been the primary out within the pitlane and did a reasonably first rate lap and we’re on pole. It is unbelievable.”
Purple Bull’s double world champion Max Verstappen will be a part of Magnussen on the entrance row for Saturday’s dash race at Interlagos whereas Russell nonetheless certified third.
“You are kidding,” a shocked Magnussen had stated over the group radio when informed he was quickest when the purple flags had been waved. “I’ve by no means, ever felt like this in my life. Do not rejoice but, guys.”
He didn’t have to attend lengthy, with the group storage erupting in pleasure on the finish of the session and Magnussen rising from his parked automobile to hug jubilant principal Guenther Steiner and his pit crew.
Underneath the dash format, the driving force who units the quickest lap in Friday qualifying claims pole place for the document books even when he doesn’t begin Sunday’s grand prix from the entrance of the grid.
That last grid is set by Saturday’s 100km dash race, which additionally awards factors to the highest eight.
Saturday would be the third dash of the season, with Verstappen successful the 2 earlier ones at Imola and Austria.
The hour-long session began in damp circumstances after a light-weight drizzle with drivers heading out on intermediate tyres after which switching to slicks because the observe dried and threatened rain held off.
McLaren’s Lando Norris, who certified fourth, was quickest in that frantic first section — 0.297 faster than Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who had gone from the depths of the hazard zone to prime together with his last flying effort.
Seven-times world champion Hamilton will begin the dash in eighth place.
Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Haas’s Mick Schumacher all didn’t make it by to section two.
The sky grew to become a darker gray and the rain returned in the course of the second section, with Verstappen prime of the timesheets forward of Sainz and Leclerc.
Leclerc began the ultimate section as the one driver on intermediates — a puzzling gamble on rapid rain that failed and meant he needed to then pit for softs earlier than he may set a time.
The Monegasque will begin tenth on Saturday.