US Grand Prix: qualifying highlights

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel pips McLaren's Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the inaugural US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Vettel's championship rival Fernando Alonso could only manage the ninth-fastest time, though the Ferrari driver will be upgraded to eighth on the grid as Romain Grosjean will be demoted five places for changing the gearbox in his Lotus.

Vettel can join compatriot Michael Schumacher and Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio as only the third man in history to win the world championship in three successive years if he out-scores Alonso by 15 points in Sunday's Grand Prix.

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