For the first time ever, a Haas driver will be in the pole position in a Formula 1 race. On a rainy day in São Paulo,

Kevin Magnussen battled expertly through the conditions to take the first pole position of his career at the São Paulo Grand Prix.

A strong lap at the start of the third qualifying session - along with some fortuitous inclement weather - allowed the Danish driver to beat two-time world champion Max.

He then expertly lined up as the first driver to take to the track at the start of Q3, giving him the chance to set the fastest lap in practice before the rain started.

Several drivers tried their luck on medium tires in the inclement weather, but none could compete with the Haas driver's time of 1:11.674.

I mean we were first out of the pit lane, I had a pretty decent lap and we're on the pole. That's unbelievable."

The session was red-flagged with eight minutes remaining, allowing extra time for the inclement weather to move and effectively bring an early end to qualifying.

The performance of Magnussen, who returned to Haas this season after a year out of F1, will see him start from the front of the grid in Saturday's Interlagos sprint.