MARK WEBBER ON POLE FOR THE ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX—
The Aussie clocked a superb time of 1m 39.957s, with Vettel second fastest to complete a Red Bull front-row lockout.
Hamilton, the 2008 F1 world champion, spun at Turn 14 on his final hot lap in Q3, stopping out on track and forcing yellow flags to be waved.
The Stevenage-born racer had to settle for fourth place on the grid alongside Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg, who qualified third.
World champion Sebastian Vettel had earlier grabbed provisional pole position for Red Bull after the first runs in Q3 with a lap of 1m 40.091s.
That was four-tenths quicker than Silver Arrows ace Nico Rosberg, who clocked 1m 40.419s, and Hamilton, who recorded 1m 40.501s.
However, Webber pulled it out of the bag on the second runs with a perfect lap to beat both Mercedes men and Red Bull teammate Vettel.
Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth for Lotus and will line-up on the third row with Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg alongside him.
Next came Romain Grosjean and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, with Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo completing the top 10.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso and McLaren man Jenson Button were the two biggest Q2 casualties, neither making the top 10 shootout.
The Mercedes drivers had topped the timesheets in Q2, with Rosberg fastest ahead of Hamilton.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m39.957s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m40.075s +0.118s 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.419s +0.462s 4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m40.501s +0.544s 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m40.542s +0.585s 6. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.576s +0.619s 7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m40.997s +1.040s 8. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m41.015s +1.058s 9. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m41.068s +1.111s 10. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.111s +1.154s Q2 cut-off time: 1m40.989s Gap ** 11. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m41.093s +0.620s 12. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m41.133s +0.660s 13. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m41.200s +0.727s 14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.279s +0.806s 15. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m41.395s +0.922s 16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m41.447s +0.974s Q1 cut-off time: 1m41.884s Gap * 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.999s +1.306s 18. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m42.051s +1.358s 19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m43.252s +2.559s 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m43.398s +2.705s 21. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m43.528s +2.835s 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m44.198s +3.505s