Rosberg takes third straight pole in truncated session

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg will start from pole position for the third successive race later on Sunday after topping Q2 at the United States Grand Prix.

Rosberg set the quickest time during the second knockout session as conditions worsened at the Circuit of the Americas and race control opted to cancel Q3 after a minor delay.

That meant times from Q2 counted for the grid, with Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton leading a front-row lockout for Mercedes.

Rosberg's time of 1:56.824 proved to be 0.105s quicker than Hamilton's best lap in the session.

Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat collected third and fourth for Red Bull, while Sebastian Vettel was fifth but will drop to 15th as a result of an engine penalty.

Vettel narrowly escaped Q1 after placing 15th in the session following minor contact with the barriers at Turn 10, a corner which caught out a large chunk of the field.

That promotes Sergio Pérez and Nico Hülkenberg to fifth and sixth to leave Force India on the third row of the grid.

Kimi Räikkönen took eighth but will drop down to 18th due to an engine penalty, while Felipe Massa and Max Verstappen were next up.

Fernando Alonso missed out on a berth in Q3 by just a tenth of a second and qualified in 11th place, though will move up two positions due to penalties for the Ferrari drivers.

Valtteri Bottas was 12th quickest, while Romain Grosjean was 13th for Lotus.

Jenson Button was almost a second adrift of his team-mate in 14th position while Pastor Maldonado was the slowest competitor in Q2.

Neither Sauber driver escaped Q1 as Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr finished significantly adrift of the pack, along with Manor Marussia pair Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens.

Carlos Sainz Jr. crashed out of Q1 during the early stages after going off at Turn 3, bringing the session to a halt while his Toro Rosso STR10 was recovered.

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