Rosberg beats Hamilton to US pole

By on Saturday, November 1, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg stormed to pole position at the United States Grand Prix as he beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by almost four-tenths of a second.

Rosberg was fastest after the first runs in Q3 and while he was able to beat his own time, Hamilton could not improve on his banker lap and the gap between them at the end of the session was 0.376s.

Valtteri Bottas was third fastest for Williams, with team-mate Felipe Massa in fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo posted the fifth best time for Red Bull while Fernando Alonso went sixth in the Ferrari.

Jenson Button was seventh but will drop five places due to a gearbox change, while Kevin Magnussen ended Q3 in eighth place.

Kimi Räikkönen was ninth, while Adrian Sutil made it through to Q3 for the first time all season and placed 10th.

The absence of Marussia and Caterham led to a tweaked format for the knockout segments, with just four cars being eliminated from each of Q1 and Q2.

Pastor Maldonado was eighth in Q1 but couldn’t replicate that form into Q2 and went wide on his way to 11th.

Force India pairing Sergio Pérez and Nico Hülkenberg had a low-key session and were 12th and 13th, while Daniil Kvyat was 14th but will drop to the back after taking a 10 place grid penalty for using a seventh Internal Combustion Engine of the year

Jean-Éric Vergne and Esteban Gutiérrez were unable to progress from Q1 and ended in 15th and 16th places.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel did take to the circuit but posted just one flying lap and ended in 17th, as he will start the race from the pit lane after taking a sixth Power Unit. It was nonetheless his first Q1 elimination in five years. Romain Grosjean went wide on his hot lap and ended in 18th. It means that the drivers who finished first and second in last year’s US Grand Prix will start from the back of the pack.

16Nico RosbergMercedes1:38.3031:36.2901:36.06720
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:37.1961:37.2871:36.44316
377Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:38.2491:37.4991:36.90619
419Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:37.8771:37.3471:37.20520
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:38.8141:37.8731:37.24417
614Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:38.3491:38.0101:37.61016
722Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:38.5741:38.0241:37.65517
820Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:38.5571:38.0471:37.70616
97Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:38.6691:38.2631:37.80422
1099Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:38.8551:38.3781:38.81015
1113Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:38.6081:38.46716
1211Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:39.2001:38.55416
1327Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:38.9311:38.59816
1426Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:38.9361:38.69917
1525Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:39.25010
1621Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:39.55510
171Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:39.6213
188Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:39.6798

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