AUSTIN, Tex. — Lewis Hamilton stormed through qualifying Saturday to grab pole position for the U.S. Grand Prix, with title rival Sebastian Vettel getting a big push on his final lap to get second place.
That sets up a Sunday duel as Hamilton chases a possible fourth career season championship. The Mercedes driver holds a 59-point lead over Vettel with four races to go and Vettel will be desperate for the win.
Hamilton has dominated the Circuit of the Americas, setting track records Friday and Saturday. He will be chasing his fourth consecutive win here and fifth overall since 2012.
Montreal’s Lance Stroll will start 17th.
Vettel had to out get on the front row in order to chase Hamilton into the critical first turn on Sunday. If he started the second row or lower, he risked getting blocked out and getting left behind.