Hamilton beats Vettel to USGP pole position

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to pole position for this weekend’s United States Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Hamilton claimed his eleventh pole of the year, comfortably beating title rival Vettel by two tenths, the Mercedes driver setting his 1:33.108s best early in Qualifying 3 and unable to beat his own time with his final effort.

Vettel split a provisional Mercedes front-row lockout with his final lap to move up a spot into second on the grid to bump Valtteri Bottas to third.

Daniel Ricciardo got the better of his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen to start fourth with the Dutchman sixth, Kimi Raikkonen between the two Red Bulls for Ferrari.

Verstappen will pick up a penalty following an engine change and will start further down the grid as a result.

Also in the top ten was Carlos Sainz on his Renault debut, getting the better of Nico Hulkenberg who elected to sit out Qualifying 2 as he was eliminated from the session.

Felipe Massa was unlucky to miss out on a Qualifying 3 berth in the leading Williams, while Daniil Kvyat, Stoffel Vandoorne and Romain Grosjean also missed the cut.

Falling victim in Qualifying 1 was Marcus Ericsson, Lance Stroll, Toro Rosso debutant Brendon Hartley, Pascal Wehrlein and Kevin Magnussen, who qualified the Haas on last.

A host of post-qualifying penalties will change the order, as could investigations into blocking for Magnussen and Stroll.

The 56-lap United States Grand Prix gets underway at 06:00 AEDT Monday morning.

Result: United States Formula 1 Grand Prix Qualifying

Position Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.108s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.347s 0.239s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m33.568s 0.460s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.577s 0.469s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.577s 0.469s
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m33.658s 0.550s
7 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m34.647s 1.539s
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m34.852s 1.744s
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m35.007s 1.899s
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m35.148s 2.040s
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m35.155s 1.718s
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.529s 2.092s
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m35.641s 2.204s
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.870s 2.433s
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.842s 2.020s
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m36.868s 2.046s
18 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.889s 2.067s
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.179s 2.357s
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m37.394s 2.572s

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