Lewis Hamilton reaches pole position for the US Grand Prix. UU Sebastian Vettel publishes the second best time, but will start fifth after getting the penalty on the grid in the second practice.
- Lewis Hamilton will start in pole position for the US Grand Prix after setting a new qualification record
- Sebastian Vettel posted the second fastest time, but will start in fifth place after he was handed the grid penalty
- Hamilton could finish his fifth world championship title if Vettel fails to finish as runner-up on Sunday
Jonathan Mcevoy for MailOnline
Lewis Hamilton was placed in pole position to conclude his fifth world title at the US Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Brit was six hundredths of a second faster than Vettel on a windy track in Austin when rain began to fall. "Oh, for the love of God," lamented the German.
If Hamilton turns his 81st pole of his career into his tenth victory of an extraordinary season, Vettel should finish as runner-up to extend his interest in the championship to the Mexican race next weekend.
Lewis Hamilton reaches pole position for the US Grand Prix. UU After overtaking both Ferrari drivers on Saturday night
The British Mercedes driver can win his fifth championship title if he wins and Sebastian Vettel fails to finish as runner-up
The Mercedes driver greets the American crowd while wrapping another pole position in Austin, Texas, on Saturday
The championship leader talks on the track with Vettel immediately after the qualifying session
Hamilton's style is stacked because Vettel will start fifth, rather than the second place he qualified, after incurring a three-grid penalty for not braking properly under red flags during Friday's practice.
He leaves the German facing a tough task with both Mercedes cars now in front of him at the start of the 56-lap race.
The weather forecast is for sunny and dry conditions, so there is little chance of a disorder caused by the elements.
"That was very tense," said Hamilton. "I knew he was nervous between us and he would go around tidily, my second round was enough."
Hamilton will start the super soft tire for Sunday's race, while Raikkonen, who will start next to him, will start the ultras.
GRAND PRIZE USER QUALIFYING THE RESULT
1 Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1: 32.237
2 * Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1: 32.298
3 Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari 1: 32,307
4 Bottas (FIN) Mercedes 1: 32.616
5 Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1: 33.494
6 Ocon (FRA) Force India 1: 34.145
7 Hulkenberg (GER) Renault 1: 34.215
8 Grosjean (FRA) Haas 1: 34.250
9 Leclerc (MON) Sauber 1: 34.420
10 Pérez (MEX) Fuerza India 1: 34.594
11 Sainz (SPA) Renault 1: 34.566
12 Magnussen (DEN) Haas 1: 34.732
13 Gasly (FRA) Toro Rosso 1: 34,850
14 Hartley (NZL) Toro Rosso 1: 35.206
15 Verstappen (NED) Red Bull 1: 34.766
16 Alonso (SPA) McLaren 1: 35.294
17 Sirotkin (RUS) Williams 1: 35.362
18 Walk (CAN) Williams 1: 35.480
19 Ericsson (SWE) Sauber 1: 35,536
20 Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren 1: 35.735
* Vettel will start in fifth place after getting a penalty of three places on the grid in the second practice on Friday
Kimi Raikkonen, in the other Ferrari, was the third fastest and Valtteri Bottas, in the second Mercedes, fourth, with Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull fifth, before the reorganization of Vettel's misdemeanor.
Max Verstappen damaged his Red Bull car in the corners at turn 15 and returned to the pits to repair the problem of the rear suspension.
But the work could not be completed on time and it did not resurface for the second session and it was ranked 15th.
At least it will be fun to see the Dutch gung-ho trying to increase the field. This was the first time that Ricciardo overtook his teammate from Monaco at the end of May.