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Hamilton beats Rosberg to US Grand Prix Pole

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Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton today his first ever Pole Position at the Circuit of the Americas, his ninth of the 2016 season so far and the 58th of his career to relegate his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to second place in yet another front row lock out for the Silver Arrows - the 11th time that has happened this season.

Rosberg's time of 1:35.215 was not good enough to get the better of Hamilton, who set a scorching lap time of 1:34.999 in warm conditions at Austin, Texas.

Hamilton, who trails Rosberg by 33 points in the Drivers' Championship standings heading into tomorrow's race, was optimistic about his chances, sharing, "I'm really pleased it all came together today so I could claim my first pole in the US. I've always been quite bad around the first corner, finding it hard to get the right line and losing time at this part of the track but today I finally got it right - and it was the right time to do so! I feel strong this weekend and I'm just going to approach Sunday like any other race. We've done a lot of work to solidify our starts as well as our long run pace and I'm looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow."

Rosberg meanwhile knows that the Championship now is very much his to lose. The German too was hopeful of doing better than his teammate and was not too perturbed about missing out on Pole. He said, I produced a good lap for my final run in Q3, but unfortunately it wasn't enough as Lewis found some extra time in the first sector. As we've seen this year, it's not always about where you qualify and I believe I still have a great chance at winning tomorrow's race. I'll try to catch Lewis as we head towards the first corner but it's a track that provides plenty of opportunities if it doesn't happen there. It would be fantastic to leave here on Sunday night with a first US Grand Prix win.

The second row of the grid has been locked out by the Red Bull Racing team with Daniel Ricciardo getting the better of his rookie teammate Max Verstappen. Ricciardo's time of 1:35.509 was rather impressive, and the Australian was more than pleased with his efforts out on the track.

He shared, “I’m happy with qualifying for sure. It was pretty much the best we could do today, good progression and we got quicker and quicker. We start on the supersofts and the guys around me are on softs so I hope that works out well for me. We suspected that would be the case and I was happy to do it, hopefully it gives me a little bit off the start and we can challenge the first lap. The supersofts probably won’t have as much range as the softs so you want to try and get at least a handful of laps out of them, but ideally it puts me in a better position off the start and hopefully I can dictate my own pace as opposed to fighting in traffic.”

Verstappen's best time in Q3 was a disappointing 1:35.747, with the youngster having lost time in the final corner due to oversteer.

The Ferraris continued the tradition of a particular manufacturer locking out a part of the grid, though they will be a tad disappointed at having been relegated to row three. Once again Kimi Raikkonen was the quicker of the two Ferrari men, though even he was unable to break into the 1:35s.

Raikkonen time of 1.36.131 places him fifth on the grid while team-mate Sebastian Vettel right behind in sixth with a best lap of 1.36.358.