By Daniel Wilson.
Nico Rosberg comfortably beat teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix.
The German was 0.376 seconds quicker than his championship rival, who had dominated all three practice sessions.
Rosberg came alive after Q1 with a series of super quick lap times, as Lewis remained in the garage at the end of Q2.
Rosberg’s pole time of 1.36.067 is the fourth quickest time in the circuit’s history and a quarter of a second quicker than Sebastian Vettel’s pole lap from last year.
Williams’ Valterri Bottas lined up third once again as he continues to progress in F1 and push for his maiden win, with teammate Felipe Massa fourth and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completing the top five.
Alonso was sixth ahead of the two McLaren’s of Button and Magnussen and his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, with Adrian Sutil rounding out the top ten with an impressive performance to secure Sauber’s first Q3 appearance this season.
However, Jenson Button will start 12th tomorrow after being handed a five place penalty for a gearbox change.
Sebastian Vettel will start from the pit lane after he changed to a sixth power unit, and so only completed one lap in qualifying.
Tomorrow’s race will be fascinating. The weather looks good and should be much warmer, which may affect tyre degradation.
I expect both Mercedes to romp away, with Hamilton putting up a good fight to catch his teammate. However, if his brake problem continues, it will be difficult to fight Rosberg, giving the German a chance to end Hamilton’s run of victories.
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