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Summary

  1. Rosberg takes pole ahead of Hamilton
  2. Bottas 3rd, Massa 4th, Ricciardo 5th
  3. Alonso 6th, Button 7th, Magnussen 8th
  4. Raikkonen 9th, Sutil 10th
  5. Hamilton top in Q1, Rosberg fastest in Q2
  6. Hamilton has problem with locking wheel in Q2
  7. Vettel, Vergne, Gutierrez eliminated in Q1
  8. Caterham & Marussia both absent

Live Reporting

By Lawrence Barretto

All times stated are UK

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It all fell apart when it mattered for Lewis Hamilton. The Briton was hampered with brake problems in qualifying as Nico Rosberg cruised to pole position.

Hamilton has won the last four races, though, and had no problem catching and passing Rosberg to secure victory on a number of occasions this season. Will it all come good tomorrow? I can't wait to find out. Until then, it's goodnight from me.

I'll be back at 19:00 GMT tomorrow to begin building up to the 2014 United States Grand Prix, round 17 of the Formula 1 World Championship. BBC Radio 5 live join us at 19:30 with the lights going out at 20:00. Highlights of the race will be available on BBC One at 22:30.

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here or wait until 22:00 GMT when the highlights go out on BBC Two and online. And don't forget we'll have all the latest news from the Austin paddock on the F1 pages and @bbcf1 throughout the evening.

Lewis Hamilton looks relaxed, with no sunglasses in sight, as he carries out a number of TV interviews in the paddock. If the 2008 world champion can get his brakes sorted for the race, he'll know that victory is still a possibility tomorrow evening.

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Adeel Ejaz: Feel sorry for Lewis Hamilton. The brake issues need to be sorted for the race tomorrow!

Vicky Sanderson: Not quite 'hammer time' for Hamilton.

Qualifying result

1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Valtteri Bottas 4) Felipe Massa 5) Daniel Ricciardo 6) Fernando Alonso 7) Jenson Button 8) Kevin Magnussen 9) Kimi Raikkonen 10) Adrian Sutil

11) Pastor Maldonado 12) Sergio Perez 13) Nico Hulkenberg 14) Daniil Kvyat

15) Jean-Eric Vergne 16) Esteban Gutierrez 17) Sebastian Vettel 18) Romain Grosjean

Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton
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"Nico did a great job," says Lewis Hamilton, who starts second. "I was struggling with braking. The left brake was always about 100 degrees less than the right, and kept catching, no matter what I did - even if I braked earlier, it was still locking.

"Perhaps that's where I lost a lot of the time. Even if that was the case Nico was quicker today. Potentially [the braking] is a problem for the race so we need to see if they can scrub them down or something."

"It was a pretty good qualifying again for me," says Valtteri Bottas, who starts Sunday's race in third. "I'm pleased with two good laps in Q3 and happy to have locked out the second row for the team (Williams team-mate Felipe Massa starts fourth) It's an important race as we try to keep a good position in the constructors' championship."

Nico Rosberg
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"Great day, very happy," says Nico Rosberg, who will start on pole. "It worked out really well. Together with my engineers, I arrived in qualifying with a car that I was really happy with for qualifying.

"This morning, the conditions were quite different so it wasn't easy to get everything right. First place today is awesome, but the race is what counts, so I need to fully focus on tomorrow and try and bring it home. Of course the start is going to be important, I need to make the most of that and stay ahead."

It's time for the top three news conference and they all look delighted to be there.

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Mercedes on Twitter: IT'S POLE FOR @nico_rosberg in Texas! Stunning, stunning lap - top job that man!!

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Vicky Sanderson: Rosberg shows why he can be champion, playing Hamilton at his own game. Epic!

Patrick: DAMN IT! Unlucky Lewis, there is always tomorrow.

Bishop Yinkus: That was a real marker from Rosberg, could Hamilton be nursing feeling about his break? All credit to Nico.

Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas are kept waiting for the top three qualifying photo by Lewis Hamilton. The 2008 world champion turns up, sunglasses on. A couple of short, sharp handshakes follow.

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas
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McLaren's Jenson Button will start 12th, having qualified seventh, as he has a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Nico Rosberg's streak of consecutive front row starts moves onto nine. He now leads Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton 10-7 in the qualifying head-to-head.

Top 10 result

1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Valtteri Bottas 4) Felipe Massa 5) Daniel Ricciardo 6) Fernando Alonso 7) Jenson Button 8) Kevin Magnussen 9) Kimi Raikkonen 10) Adrian Sutil

"Great job guys, thank you very much," says Nico Rosberg on team radio. That's his ninth pole position of the season.

Pole position

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Nico Rosberg takes pole position for the United States Grand Prix.

Chequered flag

Nico Rosberg goes even quicker with a 1:36.067 to go 0.376 seconds clear! Lewis Hamilton isn't looking too quick in the middle sector...

So Valtteri Bottas will cross the line first, followed by Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton. Two minutes to go.

The pit lane empties as all 10 cars head out for one final run. Three minutes until the chequered flag. Lewis Hamilton has it all to do.

As it stands

With five minutes to go, everyone heads back to the pits. Only nine cars have set a time. Adrian Sutil has chosen to stay in the garage.

1) Ros 2) Ham 3) Bot 4) Mas 5) But 6) Mag 7) Alo 8) Ric 9) Rai

Valtteri Bottas is third quickest, with Felipe Massa fourth and Jenson Button fifth.

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No he can't. Lewis Hamilton goes second with a 1:36.443, just over a tenth off the pace.

Mercedes on Twitter: Purple S1 for Nico, purple S2 for Lewis, so close!

Advantage Nico Rosberg, the German clocking a 1:36.282. Can Lewis Hamilton beat that?

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Frazer Dart: I'm disappointed the Force Indias are out. Would've liked to have seen HUL and PER do well. Hopefully a good race tomorrow for them.

Sean Craddock: That time from Rosberg is ridiculous! This is going to be a fast Q3!

Tom: If there is a plus side to the Marussia and Caterham teams not competing, it's that all 18 drivers fit into my laptop screen.

Daniel Ricciardo lays down the first marker, a 1:38.120 in the Red Bull. The Mercedes and Williams should have no problem beating that, though.

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Final qualifying starts

So this is it. The final part of qualifying. The bit that matters. Who will seize the day?

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

"We're hearing that Caterham's Marcus Ericsson and [Sauber reserve driver] Giedo van der Garde have signed for Sauber. So Sutil might not have a seat for next year."

Sauber F1 driver Adrian Sutil
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Ed Stevens: Hamilton to take pole. Would love to see Bottas and Ricciardo next in line.

My Old RE Teacher: Complaints about F1 costs? Remember when top teams had engines just for qualifying? Things changed, but F1 will always be expensive!

Carol Bolger: Important laps ahead come on @LewisHamilton.

In

1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Felipe Massa 4) Valtteri Bottas 5) Daniel Ricciardo 6) Fernando Alonso 7) Jenson Button 8) Kevin Magnussen 9) Kimi Raikkonen 10) Adrian Sutil

Out

11) Pastor Maldonado 12) Sergio Perez 13) Nico Hulkenberg 14) Daniil Kvyat

Sauber on Twitter: P10 for Adrian and first time in Q3 this year! #pushpush

That was some lap from Adrian Sutil, who scrapes into the top 10 for the first time this season in the Sauber. The German sounds pretty calm as his engineer gives him the good news, but you can here whooping in the background as team members on the pit wall celebrate the result.

Sauber F1 driver Adrian Sutil
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Good lap from Nico Rosberg, on a fresh set of soft tyres. The German clocked a 1:36.290, the fastest time of the weekend, to go one second clear of Lewis Hamilton.

Second qualifying ends

Nico Rosberg sets the fastest time in the second part of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix.

Interestingly, Nico Rosberg has come back out for one more run. Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg, Daniil Kvyat, Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonado are in the drop zone.

Felipe Massa pulls a very quick lap out of the bag to move into third, 0.248 seconds off the pace set by Nico Rosberg. His Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas improves, too, moving into fourth, 0.4 seconds adrift of Rosberg.

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The top five - Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen - are in the pits, seemingly confident they've done enough to make it through to Q3. Four minutes to go.