Vettel takes Pole

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel took one step closer to his third consecutive title today as he grabbed pole position for the first ever Austin Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver whizzed around the slippy track to beat McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by 0.109 seconds, as he claimed yet another pole, his sixth of the season.

His championship challenger Fernando Alonso did not have a good day however and he will line up on the grid in a lowly ninth position.

The Ferrari man faces an uphill battle to get the points he needs to keep the championship alive into the final race in Brazil.

Vettel will be crowned champion this weekend if he scores 15 more points than Alonso.

The Red Bull team will also be crowned constructors champions for the third time running if they can claim four points from the weekend.

It was not a good day for Hamilton’s current and future teammates either, as both Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg were eliminated in Q2, failing to get to grips with the surface in Texas.

Elsewhere on the grid, the Lotus boys of Roman Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen will line up in fourth and fifth and seven time world champion Michael Schumacher will start in sixth.

The Mercedes driver has looked good all weekend as he heads towards his second retirement from the sport.

You can catch the race tomorrow at 19.00 (GMT)

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