Hamilton Romps to Pole in Austin

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Paul Jeffrey, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    RaceDepartment Editor-in-Chief Staff Premium

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    Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton romped to Pole Position for tomorrow's United States Grand Prix with a fine lap right at the end of qualifying, placing the Briton in prime position to close the 33 point deficit to Nico Rosberg in the sister Mercedes car.

    Rosberg couldn't quite close the final two tenths of a second during Q3, despite briefly holding provisional pole position courtesy of track position during the two drivers final run in qualifying today. Faster in the final sector, and with Hamilton complaining of a less than optimum seventh gear, Rosberg could do little when faced with the blistering pace of the #44 AMG Mercedes.

    Daniel Ricciardo secured third position for Red Bull Racing, with teammate and promising youngster Max Verstappen backing up his teammate as a buffer between the Red Bull drivers and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo is the only runner from the top four drivers to set his laptime on the Super Soft tyre, giving the likeable Australian driver options to try something different in Sunday's race.

    Nico Hulkenberg put in a fine performance in his Force India, bringing the Silverstone based team a fourth row grid position, crucially ahead of championship rivials Williams who only managed to secure eighth and ninth positions for Valetteri Bottas and the soon to retire Filipe Massa. Rounding out the top ten was Toro Rosso junior Carlos Sainz Jr, who once again piled on the pressure for former Red Bull driver Danill Kvyat, languishing in thirteenth despite a recent boost to the struggling Russian as Toro Rosso confirm a contract has been signed to remain with the team in 2017.

    Sadly for fans of the McLaren team, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button failed to make the most of some reasonable pace displayed during the weekend, with Button failing to make it past the early stages and Alonso just failing to make the final top three shootout, ending the day nineteenth for Button and thirteenth for former double World Champion Fernando Alonso.

    Full Provisional Qualifying results for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas:

    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

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    Last edited: Oct 22, 2016
  2. paracletus


    bets are on for yet another failed start tomorrow :/
    basically that's what has spoiled most races between NR & LH at the front this year.
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  3. Qazdar Karim

    Qazdar Karim

    Well, they will start on softs ... there is a chance that they will screw the start again :D
  4. Sean


    In Australia too....:unsure:
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  5. BoogerMac


    I'm curious to see what kind of pit strategy Red Bull goes with tomorrow. With Ricciardo starting on super softs and Verstappen starting on softs, things should be interesting.
  6. Gui Cramer

    Gui Cramer

    Big potential for a Nico points-gap meltdown tomorrow given the three cars around him. I think he'll only be somewhat aggressive on lap 1, maybe lap 2, and then settle down. Austin is a Lewis favorite and he's got the first sector nailed, in a horrible place for passing.
  7. Dovi design

    Dovi design

    Come on Kvyat, you need points :p
  8. P*Funk


    Two tenths won't mean jack if he loses 2 seconds at the drop of the green.
  9. snyperal


    This is pretty much make or break for hamibubs. All nico has to do is finish well, and wait for a cock up
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  10. Chris

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    Get 'em Lewis!