Briton Lewis Hamilton will start from pole in the US GP Formula 1
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes competes in the first lbires trials of the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on October 20, 2017
British rider Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes team will leave this Sunday from the pole of the US Grand Prix of Formula 1 after marking the best time in qualifying on Saturday at the American circuit in Austin, Texas.
Hamilton finished ahead of his top rival in the world championship, German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) as well as his partner in Mercedes, Finn Valtteri Bottas, second and third respectively.
“The team has done a great job, the track was very complicated because of the wind, it’s going to be a great race,” said the Englishman, who added 72nd pole of his career and 11th of the season.
With four races remaining for the championship, Hamilton leads the standings with a 59-point lead over Vettel. If Mercedes wins the race and Vettel does not finish in the top five he will be proclaimed world champion for the fourth time and even a second place could be enough for him, as long as the German was below the ninth place.
“It’s unlikely unless Sebastian (Vettel) makes a mistake … and he’s a four-time world champion,” added Hamilton.
– Positions in the standings:
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) 1: 33.108
(average speed: 213.159 km / h)
2. Sebastian Vettel (GER / Ferrari) 1: 33.347
3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) 1: 33,568
4. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Red Bull-TAG Heuer) 1: 33.577
5. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN / Ferrari) 1: 33.577
6. Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull-TAG Heuer) 1: 33.658
7. Estéban Ocon (FRA / Force India-Mercedes) 1: 34.647
8. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / Renault) 1: 34.852
9. Fernando Alonso (ESP / McLaren-Honda) 1: 35.007
10. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Force India-Mercedes) 1: 35,148
Eliminated in Q2:
11. Felipe Massa (BRA / Williams-Mercedes)
12. Daniil Kvyat (RUS / Toro Rosso-Renault)
13. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL / McLaren-Honda)
14. Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas-Ferrari)
15. Nico Hülkenberg (GER / Renault)
Eliminated in Q1:
16. Marcus Ericsson (SWE / Sauber-Ferrari)
17. Lance Stroll (CAN / Williams-Mercedes)
18. Brendon Hartley (NZL / Toro Rosso-Renault)
19. Pascal Wehrlein (GER / Sauber-Ferrari)
20. Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari)
Note: The classification is divided into three parts. The cars that mark the 15 best times during the 18 minutes of the first round (Q1) pass to the second (Q2), which lasts 15 minutes. The top 10 of the Q2 fight for pole position during the 12 minutes of the third round (Q3).