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2014-11-01 21:27

STILL IN THE FIGHT: Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg grabs pole position during qualifying for the 2014 US GP. Image: AP

AUSTIN, Texas - Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on pole position for the 2014 US Grand Prix with  championship leading team mate Lewis Hamilton qualifying second.

Williams filled the second row with Valtteri Bottas third fastest and Felipe Massa fourth.

Hamilton leads Rosberg by 17 points with three races, and 100 points remaining. Hamilton has won the last four grands prix and is chasing his 10th victory of the  2014 season.


Rosberg clocked a best lap of one minute and 36.067 seconds in the final moments to outpace Hamilton by almost four-tenths of a second.

Until qualifying, Hamilton had reeled off fastest laps in all three practice sessions and demonstrated the speed and form that suggested he was in line for his fifth straight win and 10th this year in Sunday's (Nov 2) 56-lap race.


Rosberg, who is 17 points behind Hamilton with three races remaining, responded with a cool showing under pressure as he delivered laps that were faster than 2013 pole time set by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who won last the 2013 US GP for Red Bull.

Rosberg said: "Great job guys. Thank you very much."

It was his 13th career pole and meant he had out-qualified Hamilton 10-7 over the season so far.

Valtteri Bottas was third for Williams, the fifth time he has taken that position in the last seven race weekends, ahead of his team mate Felipe Massa.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull ahead of two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, the 2009 champion Jenson Button and his McLaren team mate Kevin Magnussen.

Kimi Raikkonen was ninth in the second Ferrari and Adrian Sutil 10th for Sauber.

Vettel made only a token appearance in Q1 and qualified 17th for Red Bull, knowing he will start Sunday's race from the pit lane after a change of power unit.

1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min36.067
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min36.443
3 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min36.906
4 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1min37.205
5 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1min37.224
6 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min37.610
7 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min37.655
8 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1min37.706
9 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min37.804
10 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber 1min38.810
11 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1min38.467
12 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1min38.554
13 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min38.598
14 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 1min38.699
15 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min39.250
16 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber  1min39.555
17 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1min39.621
18 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min39.679

Third practice session
Second practice session
First practice session

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