The United States Grand Prix qualifying session witnessed Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg going all out for the pole position, and it was eventually the British driver, who was the fastest in qualifying. Now, with the United States Grand Prix having moved into the raceday on Sunday, it is the Mercedes drivers, who are serious contenders for victory on Sunday.
With just four races left for the season to end, Hamilton still trails by 33 points to leader Rosberg, which makes matters really interesting. The defending champion can close the gap on Rosberg if he manages to win the race.
Hamilton has been incredible in the United States GP, winning the title four times, and is gunning for his fifth title. The British driver has already been brilliant in qualifying, where he managed to take his first pole in Austin. With the crowd behind him, Hamilton will be confident of a quality performance on raceday.
"It's my first pole here, so it's been many years of trying and a lot of great people have been trying to help me get that, so I'm very, very happy with today. I want to say a big thank you to all the crowd. I could hear the crowd cheering when I came across the line. The energy on that slow down lap from everyone was much, much appreciated. So I thank everyone for coming out today and I hope that tomorrow we can all provide them with a great race," Formula One's official website quoted Hamilton as saying.
Both the Mercedes drivers have had some unfortunate starts this season, but they cannot afford to mess it up in the US. The track in Austin is not an easy one, with it being uphill at the starting point as well. Rosberg is aware of the tough terrain. The German believes it is going to be interesting race on Sunday.
"Yeah, for sure it's a difficult one. We've seen many people messing up their starts in recent years, also because from practice where you're starting at the end of the pit lane and it goes straight up hill, whereas with the real start you're still on the flatter part where it's very different. So it will be interesting tomorrow, for sure," Rosberg said.
Though Hamilton and Rosberg will be the centre of focus, one cannot ignore other quality drivers like Daniel Ricciardo, who has been one of the consistent drivers in the circuit. The Red Bull driver will start on third position from the grid, and will be keen to take advantage if the top two rivers make any errors.
"We will see how tomorrow plays out. The track conditions changed quite a bit today so I think we're going to have similar conditions tomorrow as we did today so that could have a bit of influence," Ricciardo said.
"It is a good circuit round here and you can do overtaking and there's a few corners where you can change your line and do a few little things so it's not just a one line circuit, there's some experiments that you can go for so we'll see what happens. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Another Red Bull driver Max Verstapppen will start from fourth position, followed by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.
Where to watch live
United States Grand Prix is set to take place at 1:00 p.m. local time, 11:30 p.m. IST.
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