On a mission to get himself back into the title fight having slipped to a 33-point deficit to team mate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton claimed his 58th pole position for tomorrow’s race at the Circuit of the Americas.

Winners

Hamilton was the ultimate winner as he broke the 1.35 time with a 1.34.999 with an astonishing lap to take his first ever pole position in Austin.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz had a great recovery after two punctures in the third practice session and then out qualifying his teammate Daniil Kvyat by getting into Q3 to qualify within the top 10.

Daniel Ricciardo had a good day having out-qualified his teammate Max Verstappen, but hopes to get a better getaway on the start with his super softs. Red Bull may not have been close to Mercedes, but they have a good chance for the race come Sunday.

Both Williams qualified within the top 10; Valtteri Bottas (P8) and Felipe Massa (P9). This is a good place for the both the Williams who aim to claim fourth position in the constructors’ championship over Force India, who only got one car in the top 10.

Losers

Max Verstappen didn’t have a good final lap and suffered from oversteer. He was disappointed not to out qualify his teammate Ricciardo in fourth, but the race will be another day where the main prizes are to be won.

Romain Grosjean didn’t have a good home qualifying for Haas’s first ever debut at home. He lost a lot of time on Friday and came to qualifying on the back foot, for what has been a difficult weekend for the team overall with pace.

Jenson Button failed to make it out of Q3 after hitting traffic and with the Renault of Jolyon Palmer getting in his way on the last corner of the lap. Although he out qualified his teammate he was unhappy with the lack of communication between himself and the team.

Sebastian Vettel was out-qualified by his teammate Kimi Raikkonen and has said this isn’t where they want to be but is looking forward to the next race. This weekend hasn’t been the strongest for the Italian team, with Red Bull looking much more competitive.

Daniil Kvyat has shown good form this weekend and even with the positive news of Toro Rosso keeping him for the 2017 season, but didn’t manage to get into Q3. It does mean however that he will have a free choice of tyres starting outside the top 10.

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