F1: US Grand Prix, Hamilton Takes the Pole Ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel
Lewis Hamilton has claimed the Pole and is on the brink of earning his 5th drivers’ world championship Sunday at the Formula One United States Grand Prix.
The reigning champion can wrap up the 2018 title in Austin, Texas, if he wins and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finishes 3rd or lower.
Kimi Raikkonen will join Mr. Hamilton on the front row with team-mate Valtteri Bottas 3rd. Mr. Vettel was moved to 5th due to a grid penalty for his failure to slow sufficiently under Red flags in practice.
Sebastian Vettel said, “It was pretty close. Obviously a bit of a shame when you miss out on that little time. I was pretty happy with the laps I had. It was quite tricky to get everything together. The wind was quite tricky at times. Pretty happy that we are back in range. It seems that we are better off. I think today has been surprisingly close.”
MercedesAMG team boss, Toto Wolf said, “I am very happy about that. It is so close between the Top 3. My thinking goes already to tomorrow. We are lacking a bit of straight line speed I am very worried about Ferrari. It was always very close the whole season and it’s going to continue.
On winning the championship Sunday: “It is getting the best possible race result and scoring the points and if it does not come tomorrow we have to do a better job in Mexico.
Here is how you can watch the 56-lap race from the Circuit of the Americas track
Date: Sunday, 21 October
Start Time: 2:10p EDT/7:10p BST
TV Info: Sky Sports F1, Channel 4 (UK); ESPN2 (U.S.)
For a full drivers list, visit the Formula One website.
Tune in and enjoy the racing Sunday.