Lewis Hamilton continued to top every session en route to taking his 72nd pole position beating out championship contender Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas. It did seem that Mercedes would lock out the front row, but a last gasp attempt from the German prevented that from happening.
Daniel Ricciardo was the best of the rest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen who has to take a 15 place penalty ahead of tomorrow’s race. Esteban Ocon qualfied seventh but will be promoted to sixth with Carlos Sainz, on his Reanult debut, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez also being promoted, rounding out the Q3 runners.
Felipe Massa was just knocked out at the death of Q2, and will lineup tenth alongside the returning Kvyat and Grosjean, who almost had a big accident with Stroll after the Williams driver didn’t get out of his way in Q1. Vandoorne qualified 13th and Hulkenberg qualified 15th, but they recieved a five and fifteen place penalty respectively for changes to the Power Unit and shall start from 17th and 19th.
Marcus Ericsson set a blistering lap in his Sauber, but just wasn’t enough to get out of Q1, while Lance Stroll struggled in his Williams to 17th. Brendon Hartley qualified 18th, but will start from 20th tomorrow following a 25 place penalty for the F1 debutant. Pascal Wehrlein qualified 19th ahead of a struggling Kevin Magnussen, who never found his groove afer a troubled weekend for him and his American based Haas team and lined up last in the first qualifying session.
The 2017 United States Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 22nd October at 19:00UTC