Rosberg takes pole position after incomplete qualifying
Nico Rosberg won pole position for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mercedes driver was the fastest in the second qualifying round and as third round was canceled, he won pole position for the fourth time this year.
Despite bad weather, qualifying has started, but there was still the spectre of Q2 and Q3 being impossible to run of course, which meant Q1 results could set the grid for the race in the worst case scenario. After just five minutes, session was stopped after Carlos Sainz slid out, badly damaging his Toro Rosso.
At the end of first round, Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest with a lap time 1:56.495, ahead of Mercedes pair, while out of Q2, together with Sainz, were Will Stevens, Alexander Rossi, Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson.
Nico Rosberg was the fastest during Q2 with a lap time 1:56.824, what was 0.105s faster than the result of his teammate. This time, two Red Bulls were behind Mercdes’ pair, while Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Romain Grosjean, Jenson Button and Pastor Maldonado failed to qualify for the final qualifying round.
Start of Q3 was delayed for ten minutes, but aoon after decision was made to skip final qualifying round. So, Rosberg won pole position for tonight’s race and it will be interesting to see if German could finally win the race when he starts from first place.