Lewis Hamilton has just beaten team-mate Nico Rosberg by a few tenths of a second to take pole position for the United States Grand Prix. The world champion has been on form this weekend and has been close to his team-mate all weekend.
The gap between the two Mercedes drivers was a quarter of a second. But Hamilton appeared to have a problem with his Mercedes reporting “weird gearshifts”, however it didn’t stop him taking his fifty-eighth pole of his career. The Red Bull’s once again out-qualifying Ferrari.
Hamilton Told the BBC “”I feel amazing. It is my first pole here and many years of trying. I want to say a big thank you to the crowd – I could hear everyone cheering as I crossed the line and the energy was incredible.”
Rosberg said: “Lewis was just quicker in sector one today. That’s the way it is. He did a good job. As we have seen this year, qualifying is not all-important so I still have a good chance in the race.”
Red Bull spilt their strategy’s which will give Daniel Ricciardo the upper hand over Max Verstappen. But Ricciardo will start the race on the grippier, faster but more brittle supersoft tyres.
Ricciardo told Sky Sports “I’m sure that tyre won’t last as long, but it might give me a bit of an advantage at the start.”
Kimi Raikkonen will start fifth ahead of Sebastian Vettel who has slipped behind his team-mate in recent races. Some say that Vettel is trying to use his Ferrari to do things it cannot in his attempt to use his preferred driving style, rather than adapting to the car’s behaviour.
Nico Hulkenberg out qualified both the Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz.
McLaren’s Jenson Button was frustrated with traffic after being knocked out just after getting into Q2 only to be pushed out by Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, and then to complain about traffic on the racing line in the final corner. Fernando Alonso made it through to Q2 but was unable to make it into the top ten.
Sergio Perez just missed out on the final part by .139s to the two Williams. Daniil Kyvat, who today was resigned by Toro Rosso also missed out on Q2. Haas driver Esteban Gutiérrez will start fourteenth which was the best he could of got out of his car.
It was a frustrating session for Jolyon Palmer, he wasn’t happy that his team didn’t tell him about oncoming traffic, did at least he out-qualifying Kevin Magnussen. Palmer inadvertently held up Button who had been limited to a single flying lap on supersofts