He does not want to waste too much time. Hamilton is looking for his fifth title in the United States and has it "a shot" if he gets eight points more than his rival, Sebastian Vettel, who walks wrong in error despite having a good car. The German will start in the fifth place due to the sanction he carries for not reducing the speed in red flag situation during free 2 and that complicates his "existence" in Ferrari, where his work is being criticized. Carlos Sainz was on the verge of achieving the pass to Q3 and again his teammate Hulkenberg won the battle. Worst things went to Alonso with poor McLaren, a poem in Austin for his poor performance.
The classification started with a lot of hurry because the sun was shining and the riders had not driven too much in these dry conditions. Even, surprised the wind that was blowing at the beginning, something that had to be taken into account in certain areas of the track. One of the first to leave was Sebastian Vettel, who faced the session knowing that he would have to subtract three positions to the result he achieved, since yesterday he was sanctioned for not adapting the speed to the situation of red flag that was at that time on track. A pilot error more than the German pilot, which in Italy is being criticized.
In the early stages of the session the Mercedes sent with Hamilton ahead of Bottas, Vettel, Raikkonen, Verstappen and Ricciardo, while Sainz was placed in seventh place, just behind the leading teams. For his part, Alonso suffered from the beautiful and at no time gave signs of being able to access the next round. Worse were the things to Max Verstappen, who after marking the fifth best position broke the trapeze of the rear left wheel when going through one of the highest verges of the circuit and was knocked out.
Hamilton maintained his first place with three tenths of advantage over Bottas and almost half a second over Vettel. Sainz finished ninth and left good feelings for the following rounds. For his part, Alonso was eliminated, although start in fourteenth place due to the sanctions that drag the two Toro Rosso, which will depart from the last places to change the power unit despite finishing ahead with the new specification of the Honda engine.
The drivers eliminated in Q1 were: Alonso, Sirotkin, Stroll, Ericsson and Vandoorne
In Q2 the tables changed, at least in the first minutes because the Ferrari led the times with Raikkonen ahead of Vettel, and with Hamilton and Bottas behind to a considerable difference, but enough to reach the final Q3. Next, Ricciardo and Leclerc fought for the fourth place taking into account that Vettel should lose three places. And in the limit was Sainz, who with three minutes to go was out of the final session.
Finally, the times above were maintained while in the cut Hulkenberg was saved and Sainz fell by a few thousandths.
The pilots eliminated in Q2 were: Sainz, Magnussen, Gasly, Hartley and Verstappen (did not compete for damage)
In Q3 Hamilton was the fastest just ahead of Vettel, which only exceeded 88 thousandths, but of course, the German dragged a penalty. Bottas and Raikkonen were then placed with Ricciardo and Grosjean something further away.
In the last breath Hamilton achieved the pole position ahead of Vettel (he will start fifth), Raikkonen, Bottas, Ricciardo and Occon.
The United States Grand Prix will start on Sunday at 8:10 pm (Spanish time).
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.237
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m32.307s + 0.070s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m32.616s + 0.379s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull / Renault 1m33.494s + 1.257s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m32.298s + 0.061s
6 Esteban Ocon Force India / Mercedes 1m34.145s + 1.908s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m34.215s + 1,978s
8 Romain Grosjean Haas / Ferrari 1m34.250s + 2.013s
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber / Ferrari 1m34.420s + 2.183s
10 Sergio Perez Force India / Mercedes 1m34.594s + 2.357s
11 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m34.566s
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas / Ferrari 1m34.732s –
13 Max Verstappen Red Bull / Renault – –
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren / Renault 1m35.294s –
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams / Mercedes 1m35.362s –
16 Lance Stroll Williams / Mercedes 1m35.480s –
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber / Ferrari 1m35.536s –
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren / Renault 1m35.735s –
19 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso / Honda
20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso / Honda