Hamilton beats Vettel to USGP pole position
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
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||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|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.148s||2.040s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.529s||2.092s|
|18||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m36.889s||2.067s|