F1: Lewis Hamilton Starts the US GP from the Pole Position
MercedesAMG Team driver Lewis Hamilton will start the United States Grand Prix from the Pole position Sunday
Mr. Hamilton came into Saturday’s qualifying seeking the psych edge over his MercedesAMG team-mate as he bids to keep himself in contention for championship that now favors team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Red Bull found itself within a good range of Mercedes ahead of the race with Daniel Ricciardo getting the edge over his team-mate Max Verstappen in their fight for 3rd spot on the grid.
Mr. Ricciardo will start the race on super-soft tyres in an alternative strategic move to Messers Hamilton, Rosberg and Verstappen, who all managed to reach Q3 on soft rubber.
Once again Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) took up its position on row three, with Kimi Raikkonen getting the better of Sebastian Vettel, the pair more than a 2nd down on the Top Spot as they face a challenge to take a podium step.
Only three tenths off a spot on row three, soon-to-be Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg will start seventh for Force India, ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, while Carlos Sainz was an impressive tenth despite barely managing a lap in FP3 following 2 separate punctures.
Sergio Perez was the highest-profile casualty in Q2 after being caught out by Massa and Sainz’s late improvements to leave him 11th, with Fernando Alonso joining him on the 6th row in the best of the McLarens, but not before complaining about the straight-line speed of his Honda-powered racecar.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat fell short of his team-mate en route to 13th position, while Esteban Gutierrez, Jolyon Palmer and Marcus Ericsson got Haas, Renault and Sauber up into Q2 to take up 14th, 15th and 16th.
Mr. Palmer’s spot in came at the expense of Jenson Button, who would encounter the Renault driver building up to his own fast lap at the last turn just as the former champion was completing his. Though Mr. Palmer would get an apology from his own engineer for failing to alert him of Mr. Button’s approach, the distraction potentially had the welcome effect of keeping the Renault driver out of the drop zone and leave the McLaren man out of Q1 in 19th.
Joining him on the sidelines was Romain Grosjean in 17th, out-performed by his team-mate on Haas’ home ground, and Kevin Magnussen, who too was out-qualified by his less experienced team-mate in 18th.
Completing the grid, Pascal Wehrlein recovered from his FP3 spin to get ahead of Felipe Nasr and Esteban Ocon in 20th, 21st and 22nd respectively.
Full qualifying results for the 18th round of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship (F1), the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 34.999s
2. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 35.215s
3. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1m 35.509s
4. Max Verstappen NED Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1m 35.747s
5. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 36.131s
6. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 36.358s
7. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 36.628s
8. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 37.116s
9. Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1m 37.269s
10. Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 37.326s
11. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 37.353s
12. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda 1m 37.417s
13. Daniil Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 37.480s
14. Esteban Gutierrez MEX Haas-Ferrari 1m 37.773s
15. Jolyon Palmer GBR Renault-Renault 1m 37.935s
16. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari 1m 39.356s
17. Romain Grosjean FRA Haas-Ferrari 1m 38.308s
18. Kevin Magnussen DEN Renault-Renault 1m 38.317s
19. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda 1m 38.327s
20. Pascal Wehrlein GER MRT-Mercedes 1m 38.548s
21. Felipe Nasr BRZ Sauber-Ferrari 1m 38.583s
22. Esteban Ocon FRA MRT-Mercedes 1m 38.806s
Sunday, Race Day
- F1 Countdown, Sunday at 2:30pon NBC
- Formula One – United States Grand Prix, Sunday at 3:00p on NBC
- F1 Extra, Sunday at 5:00p on NBC
Tune in and enjoy the racing.
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