Vettel pips Hamilton for United States GP pole

Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton after qualifying

Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton after qualifying

Sebastian Vettel has continued his uninterrupted run at the head of the Formula 1 field at the new Circuit of the America’s circuit, edging out Lewis Hamilton for pole in the United States Grand Prix.

The German championship leader used a new front wing on his Red Bull that only arrived last night to set the pace in the final qualifying session with a 1: 35.88s.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was the only driver able to offer a realistic challenge, setting a time just over 0.1s behind the runaway Red Bull driver.

Australian Mark Webber managed 1:36.17s for third, but his position may be to his advantage given that the odd numbered grid positions will be favoured by clear track at the start.

Romain Grosjean produced a solid fourth in his Lotus, however, he will receive a five grid-place penalty for a gearbox change.

Grosjean’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix-winning team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was fifth but advances to fourth ahead of Mercedes retiree Michael Schumacher.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and title contender Fernando Alonso will start sixth through eighth, while Grosjean’s penalty will see him take up the ninth place on the grid ahead of Williams driver Pastor Maldonado.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was a shock omission after the first qualifying session and will start in 18th place.

Webber and Schumacher were investigated after the session for missing a weighbridge and impending Fernando Alonso respectively but both escaped without penalty.

Qualifying, Formula 1, United States Grand Prix

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.558 1:35.796 1:35.657 20
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.058 1:36.795 1:35.766 20
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.215 1:36.298 1:36.174 20
4 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:37.486 1:36.906 1:36.587 28
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:38.051 1:37.404 1:36.708 26
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:37.927 1:37.102 1:36.794 22
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.667 1:36.549 1:36.937 24
8 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:37.756 1:37.066 1:37.141 20
9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.968 1:37.123 1:37.300 24
10 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:37.537 1:37.011 1:37.842 26
11 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:37.520 1:37.604 20
12 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.565 1:37.616 12
13 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:38.104 1:37.665 15
14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:38.434 1:37.879 17
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.500 1:38.206 16
16 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.418 1:38.437 15
17 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.862 1:38.501 16
18 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:39.114 9
19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.056 12
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.664 11
21 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:40.809 7
22 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:41.166 7
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:42.011 12
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:42.740 10

See below for Speedcafe.com’s F1 Race Guide for the United States Grand Prix

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