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Summary

  1. Hamilton takes dominant pole, Vettel 2nd, Bottas 3rd
  2. Hamilton could win title this weekend
  3. Get involved #bbcf1

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

That is the end for this live text.

We will be back up and running at 18:30 BST on Sunday, before the race starts at 20:00 BST - and it could be a magical day for Lewis Hamilton as he could be crowned world champion for a fourth time.

Thanks as always for joining us and for all your comments. We will hopefully see you all again tomorrow. Until then, bye for now.

Dominant Hamilton on pole for US GP

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Austin

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Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for the United States GP and will have title rival Sebastian Vettel alongside him on the front row.

Hamilton pipped Vettel by 0.239 seconds as the German rescued his day with a superb final lap.

Vettel was only fourth after the first runs in final qualifying, more than 0.7secs off the pace, but leaped up on his last run.

Hamilton, who took his 11th pole in 17 races this season, will clinch the title if he wins the race with Vettel lower than fifth.

Yet another record for Lewis Hamilton

He already has the most pole positions of all time, now he has the clear lead in the all-time number of front row places as well.

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In case you haven't watched this, is is worth a few minutes of your time.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg opens up about his fear of spiders, how he deals with slow drivers in the fast lane and the one question he hates being asked by journalists.

He will be on the back row tomorrow as he has to deal with a 20-place grid penalty.

Nico Hulkenberg: So what does make the Hulk angry?

How Hamilton sets masterclasses in qualifying

So why is Lewis Hamilton just so good at qualifying?

Luckily we have an in-depth feature on our Formula 1 pages looking at all the stats, reasoning and expert opinion that tries to explain just why is he is so dominant.

72 and counting

Another pole position for the three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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Provisional top 10 on the grid

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
  5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
  6. Esteban Ocon (Force India)
  7. Carlos Sainz (Renault)
  8. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
  9. Sergio Perez (Force India)
  10. Felipe Massa (Williams)

Max Verstappen qualified sixth, but has a 15-place grid penalty.

'Disappointing'

Valtteri Bottas, who qualified third, said: "Disappointing for us - but it was quite close with Lewis also. Disappointing, but there's always tomorrow."

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Boats: Feel Bottas is slightly letting the team down here shouldn’t be letting Vettel get between him and Lewis.

Jack of all trades: Well done to @LewisHamilton on his 72nd pole position. Hope he converts it in to a win.

Kayleigh: Pretty standard qualifying. Vettel where he needs to be for tomorrow!

'We came good when it mattered'

Sebastian Vettel, who starts second on the grid, says: "I was happy in the end with the car. We lacked the rhythm in the first sector going into the second, but came good when it mattered.

"I believe our race pace has been good, especially in qualifying, but well done to Lewis today.

"It would be good to win the other races as well as this one, but we'll take each day as it comes."

The final stats

These are the final standings from qualifying.

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Highly unlikely to win the title on Sunday - Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is asked whether he is going to become the world champion tomorrow.

He says: "It is highly unlikely that that will be the case. Sebastian Vettel did a great job to get his car back up there.

"Sebastian is right there and unless he makes a silly mistake, which is unlikely - he is a four-time world champion - we will see it going on."

'Best prepared I can be'

Lewis Hamilton, who starts in pole position, says: "The team have done a great job, the track was very difficult with the wind picking up.

"But I love this track it is such a fantastic track to drive, I love it. It is always hot in the car, it is just the right temperature today. It is going to be a great race, a tough one, but I'm the best prepared I can be."

Let's hear from the drivers now. First up is Lewis Hamilton.

'Vettel produces the goods'

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Vettel has produced the goods just when he needed to, that's the performance of a four-time world champion.

Mercedes know Bottas hasn't done the supporting role they needed him to do here for Lewis Hamilton.

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'Vettel took fight to Mercedes'

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

That was not a good lap from Valtteri Bottas, he fell away as the lap went on. Sebastian Vettel did what we hoped he would do, in terms of taking the fight to Mercedes.

'Vettel splits the Mercedes'

Jack Nicholls

Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

Sebastian Vettel crucially splitting the two Mercedes! Bottas is going to let the side down here a little bit...

BreakingHamilton in pole position, Vettel second

We have the front row we were hoping for as the top two in the world championship will start first and second tomorrow.

Valtteri Bottas is third, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth and Kimi Raikkonen fifth.

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No, he can't, Vettel remains second.

Can Bottas push Vettel off the front row?

Ricciardo jumps ahead of Verstappen.

Vettel second at the moment.

Sainz jumps above Alonso into eighth.

'Scrappy from Vettel'

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

This has been a scrappy weekend for Ferrari and particularly for Sebastian Vettel.

For Lewis Hamilton, he has been leading the way all weekend - showing a clean pair of heels to Ferrari and his team-mate.

The rest of the top 10 at the moment sees Esteban Ocon seventh, Fernando Alonso eighth, Sergio Perez ninth and Carlos Sainz 10th.

'Hamilton really bossing it'

Jack Nicholls

Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

Lewis Hamilton is really bossing it this weekend. He's the man on provisional pole and four tenths of a second quicker than anyone else.

Still three minutes left for Vettel to nudge himself on to the front row.

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'Fourth not what Vettel wanted'

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Starting fourth on the grid is not where Sebastian Vettel wanted to go this weekend, but there we have it - the Ferraris do not have the pace of the Mercedes.

Very similar to Q2 at the moment. The two Mercedes, then the Ferraris, this time with Raikkonen holding the edge, then the two Red Bulls. Four minutes left.

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JQ‏: Seb to do the business.. let's hope so...

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Lewis set for pole?

Jack Nicholls

Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

That's provisional pole position for Hamilton by quite a considerable margin!

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'Consistent from Force India'

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

It's very impressive that both Force India drivers managed to get into the final part of qualifying, because it was looking like it might be a struggle - Sergio Perez produced a fantastic lap.

They do push each other along and it's been a very consistent performance all season.

Sebastian Vettel is third behind the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas with just over six minutes left.

But then Kimi Raikkonen jumps up to third, to push Vettel down to fourth.

Hamilton breaks track record once again

Once again, Lewis Hamilton breaks the track record. That is the fourth time in two days. He goes round in 1:33.108, which is surely going to be good enough for pole.

So, who is going to get the pole position? Let's find out.

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Adeel Ejaz‏: Alonso, again, driving the wheels off that McLaren! Insane ability to out drive that dog of a car!

'Haas really need help'

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

Haas wanted to come here and impress, excite the Americans and get more money - they really need some help if they are to make something work tomorrow.

'Impressive from Sainz'

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

It's a very impressive performance from Carlos Sainz, within the Red Bull camp he got a little bit overlooked and it's sometimes been difficult to tell just how good he is.

On the basis of this weekend, he has settled in just perfectly and I think there will be smiles all around the Renault garage.

How they finished in Q2

Once more, Hamilton is the fastest, this time by a margin of 0.332 seconds over Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes one-two.

The two Ferraris are next, with Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull are fifth (Daniel Ricciardo) and sixth (Max Verstappen), with Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon making up the rest of the top 10.

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'Massa didn't pull lap together'

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

We were wondering who was going to be disappointed and the answer to that is the Williams team and Felipe Massa, because he was looking in really good shape earlier on but just didn't pull that lap together.

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