Hamilton snatches pole position for the US Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for the US Grand Prix after he was the fastest in qualifying at Circuit of the Americas. This is the maiden pole for the British driver in Austin and also his 9th pole position in 2016.
Hamilton was the fastest in the first qualifying round (1:36.296), what was only 0.101s better than result scored by his teammate Nico Rosberg. Manor’s drivers Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein were eliminated from the second qualifying round, just as Haas’ Romain Grosjean, McLaren’s Jenson Button, Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.
In the second round, Daniel Ricciardo was faster than two Mercedes drivers. The Red Bull driver set the lap time 1:36.255 and showed that, with a good tactical approach, he can fight for the victory in the race on Sunday.
The final round was the battle between two Mercedes drivers and Hamilton won it. The reigning champion drove a fantastic lap – 1:34.999 – what was 0.216s better than the time set by the championship leader.
Red Bull’s drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will start from the second row, while the third row is reserved for the Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. They are followed by Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, and Carlos Sainz Jr.