AUSTIN, Texas – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has moved within reach of his fifth Formula 1 title with yet another pole start, this time for the US F1 GP.
Arch-rival Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will be way back in fifth but his team mate Kimi Raikkonen will start alongside him.
Should Hamilton take the title he will join only two other drivers who have won five championships. To do that today he will have to score eight points more than Vettel.
Vettel in fact qualified second, 0.061sec slower than Hamilton, but took a three-place grid penalty for not slowing enough while red flags were being waved during Friday practice.
Reuters reports that the Austin pole was ”a record-extending 81st” for the Englishman as well as being his third in a row in Austin and ninth of the season.
And as a bonus, he broke the track lap record while doing so with a time of 1min32.237.