Hamilton takes pole for the US Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the 2017 United States Grand Prix alongside title rival Sebastian Vettel, who was nearly half a second behind the Mercedes driver.

Hamilton set his benchmark lap of a 1m33.108s in the opening stages of Q3 with team mate Valtteri Bottas going second quickest and four tenths off. Kimi Raikkonen was a further seven and a half tenths off with Vettel, however in the dying moments of the session the latter was able to improve his lap time to second quickest allowing him to start alongside his title rival in a crucial weekend.

Raikkonen eventually dropped to fifth fastest behind Daniel Ricciardo who was another driver that improved in the closing moments of the final part of qualifying, while Max Verstappen ended sixth but will start from the back of the field in 18th as he will take a 15-place grid penalty.

Esteban Ocon was best of the rest in sixth place ahead of Carlos Sainz who starts from seventh, while Fernando Alonso had a impressive showing by starting in eighth place by declaring at the end of his Q2 lap that it was all they had in the car pace-wise.

Further down the order Romain Grosjean starts ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne in 11th and 12th places respectively, with Nico Hulkenberg who originally qualified in 15th dropping to 19th place with his grid penalty. Also taking a grid penalty is Brendon Hartley, who despite qualifying in 18th and just five hundredths off the pace of those who made it into Q2.

Marcus Ericsson managed to out qualify his team mate in what will be 14th place on the grid, while Lance Stroll starts in 15th just a couple of positions behind Felipe Massa in 10th who was knocked out of Q2 in the dying moments as both Sergio Perez and Alonso improved their lap times.

Even though Kevin Magnussen qualified in last place he will start from 17th with the penalties applied from Verstappen, Hulkenberg and Hartley.

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