Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the pole position at the end of qualifying in Austin.
The first segment was accompanied by incredible traffic: cars accumulated on the same areas of the track that not only spoil quick circles riders, but also added work to the stewards who have taken on the consideration of two episodes of locking with the participation of lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen.
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The first segment of qualifying has not managed to overcome Marcus Ericsson, Stroll, which on a quick lap is having problems with the engine, the F1 rookie Brendon Hartley, Pascal Wehrlein and Magnussen ranked the 16th to the 20th.
In the second part of qualifying, Lewis Hamilton first showed serious pace of the Mercedes, driving the first fastest lap of 1.33,560. The Briton was ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas 0.2 seconds. If we talk about the main competitor of Hamilton in the overall standings, Sebastian Vettel gave the Mercedes driver is 0.8 seconds.
All the leaders without any problems managed to get into the final segment and beyond have left Felipe Massa, Daniil Kvyat, who finished in 12th place, Stoffel Vandorn, Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg, not passed a single lap because of a penalty on the starting grid for the replacement of elements of the power plant.
In the third segment Hamilton as its first circle swept all opposition, setting a benchmark at the level of 1.33,108. His closest pursuer was again polycodium with Bottas behind Vettel showed only the fourth time respectively of Kimi Raikkonen.
Interestingly, in the second attempt the only one who did not improve their results, it became the Hamilton and Bottas. But even so, Lewis managed to retain first place on the basis of qualifications. On the second position managed to break Vettel, leaving Bottas to third.
Fourth went to Daniel ricciardo, and the fifth remained behind Raikkonen. Max Verstappen was satisfied with only the sixth time, but the race will start from the tail of the peloton because of a penalty.
Position from seventh to tenth distributed Esteban Windows, Renault debutant Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez.
|4.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1.33,577||+0,469|
|6.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1.33,658||+0,550|
|7.||Esteban Windows||Force India||1.34,647||+1,539|
|10.||Sergio Perez||Force India||1.35,148||+2,040|
|The threshold for the first segment: 1.35,113||Lag*|
|12.||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1.35,529||+2,092|
|The threshold for the second segment: 1’33.437||Lag**|
|18.||Brendon Hartley||Torro Rosso||1.36,889||+2,067|
|107% of the best time of the first segment: 1.41,459|
|* – the gap from the best time of the first segment|
|** – the gap from the best time of the second segment|
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