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Summary

  1. Race coverage live online from 18:30 BST and 5 live from 19:30
  2. Hamilton on pole, Rosberg 2nd, ahead of Red Bulls and Ferraris
  3. Hamilton reports gearbox concerns
  4. F1 outlaws moving under braking after drivers' protests
  5. Get involved #bbcf1: what do you think of the ruling?

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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And that niche stat seems as good a place as any to end our coverage of qualifying. 

Will Lewis Hamilton nail his start tomorrow and keep the flames of his title challenge flickering? 

We'll be live with build up from 18:30 BST tomorrow, hopefully see you then.

Daniel Ricciardo seems pretty happy with his tyre strategy but he's going to need a good start tomorrow. He's on the super-softs so won't be able to go into the race as far as those around him, who are on softs.

Max Verstappen might well fancy his chances of pipping his team-mate to a place on the podium.

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Jolyon Palmer is finishing the season quite strongly. He out qualified his Renault team-mate Kevin Magnussen again today. 

Q2 again! Good job from the team. P15 is better than we've been for a while! #USGP #JP30 🇺🇸

Q2 again! Good job from the team. P15 is better than we've been for a while! #USGP #JP30 🇺🇸

Sorting out the starts

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Lewis Hamilton knows victory is far from assured, and he will know that it could all go wrong for him before the race has really started given his poor starts record. 

He's lost the lead from pole position on the first lap in five races this season.

Ricciardo happy with strategy

Daniel Ricciardo, who will start tomorrow's race from third: "Not concerned about strategy. I expected it to be like this.Max wanted to try the softs and for me I wanted to super soft. I was more comfortable on that tyre yesterday. Hopefully it will give me a better launch off line. Not close to Mercedes, we expect them to be hard to beat, but a buffer over Ferrari. We have a good chance tomorrow. We will see what happens. super softs will give me friendly grip off the line."

'Qualifying not all important'

Nico Rosberg, who will start from second: "There was nothing specific. I preferred sector two and three today and that is it. Lewis was quicker in sector one, that was it. Nevertheless we have seen this year qualifying is not all important and I still have a great chance from P2."

'I feel amazing'

Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton: "I feel amazing. It is my first pole here. It has been many years of trying. A lot of great people have tried to get me there. Big thanks to the crowd. I could hear them cheer as I crossed the line. I hope tomorrow provide them with great race."

press conference featuring Hamilton, Rosberg and Ricciardo
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That was the 58th pole position of Lewis Hamilton's career, edging him closer to Ayrton Senna total of 65 and putting him 10 behind Michael Schumacher's total of 68.

The drivers are in the post-qualifying news conference, time to hear what they have to say...

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#bbcf1 go for it Lewis. Let hope that Nico gets some of the luck you have been having tomorrow

Lewis Hamilton has won three of the four previous races at the Circuit of the Americas but this is his first pole on the track. He's given himself a real chance of securing the victory he needs to keep his title hopes alive.

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Qualifying result - the rest

11) Perez 12) Alonso 13) Kvyat 14) Gutierrez 15) Palmer 16) Ericsson 17) Grosjean 18) Magnussen 19) Button 20) Wehrlein 21) Nasr 22) Ocon

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Hotter than a Texan BBQ! Lewis smoked that one! #bbcf1 #USAGP #PoleBaby

Qualifying result - top 10

1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Ricciardo 4) Verstappen 5) Raikkonen 6) Vettel 7) Hulkenberg 8) Bottas 9) Massa 10) Sainz

Hamilton, Rosberg and Ricciardo celebrate
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Hamilton 1-0 Rosberg

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

It is Hamilton 1 Rosberg 0. Fantastic performance form Lewis. He loves this track. He built up to that lap from the first lap at Q1. Two tenths of a second over Rosberg is a cracking result. 

The world champion is two tenths of a second quicker than Nico Rosberg. Superb lap.

Chequered flag

Lewis Hamilton goes fastest! He will start tomorrow's United States Grand Prix on pole position.

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...Rosberg is the fastest of all in the middle sector. This is going to be so close!

Lewis Hamilton also cracks on with his lap. Has that issue hampered him? Apparently not. He's flying! Fastest through the first sector...

Hamilton
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Uh oh. All is not well for Lewis Hamilton. "Weird shift up to seven," he reports. "OK, we're looking," says Mercedes.

Nico Rosberg starts his final lap...

Three minutes to go and Nico Rosberg is the first of the two Mercedes to head back out on the circuit, so he'll be first across the line.

Rosberg and Hamilton
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A brief spell of quiet descends over the circuit as the drivers dive back in the pits to prepare for their final qualifying runs.

Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap ever seen in Circuit of the Americas history (1:35.370) #USGP

Sebastian Vettel, the fastest Ferrari in fifth, is a whole second down on Lewis Hamilton. 

It's not been a good weekend so far for Ferrari.

Vettel
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Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Lewis put together a terrific lap, but Nico looked a bit untidy there. He will know in his own head where he lost time on that lap.

Daniel Ricciardo goes third quickest, half a second down on Lewis Hamilton. 

... and it is first blood to Lewis Hamilton as he goes quickest, clocking 1:35.370. He's only a tenth up on Nico Rosberg though. Looks like he lost a bit in the final sector.

...and Hamilton is a tenth up in the middle sector...

Lewis Hamilton is two tenths of a second quicker than Nico Rosberg in the first sector of the lap...

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Nico Rosberg will be the first of the drivers to complete his first run in the battle for pole position.

Final qualifying starts

Here we go then. The twelve-minute top-10 shoot-out. 

First out of the door are Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

My money is on Lewis to grab pole. He has come with a positive mindset. He is looking in very good shape.

Lewis Hamilton was faster than Nico Rosberg in Q1, Rosberg was faster in Q2. Who's going to get the edge in the battle for pole? Should be thrilling.

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Claire Williams will be delighted with that performance from her two drivers.

IN

1) Ricciardo 2) Rosberg 3) Hamilton 4) Vettel 5) Raikkonen 6) Hulkenberg 7) Verstappen 8) Sainz 9) Bottas 10) Massa

OUT

11) Perez 12) Alonso 13) Kvyat 14) Gutierrez 15) Palmer 16) Ericsson

Chequered flag

Daniel Ricciardo finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying.

Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas both go quicker than Fernando Alonso and the McLaren is out.

Massa
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Fernando Alonso runs wide out of the final corner and its cost him a tiny bit of time. He's ninth, and could still drop out...

Alonso
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