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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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  4. How does Hulkenberg deal with slow drivers?

    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.

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    Video caption: Nico Hulkenberg: So what does make the Hulk angry?
  5. 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.

  6. 72 and counting

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

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  7. 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.

  8. 'Disappointing'

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

    Valtteri Bottas
  9. Get Involved

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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!

  10. '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."

  11. The final stats

    These are the final standings from qualifying.

    Stats
  12. 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."

  13. '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."

  14. Post update

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

  15. '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.

    Vettel
  16. '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.

  17. '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...

  18. 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.

    Lewis Hamilton
  19. Post update

    No, he can't, Vettel remains second.

  20. Post update

    Can Bottas push Vettel off the front row?