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Lewis Hamilton on pole for United States Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel second

Lewis Hamilton’s charge towards the Formula One World title continued apace on Saturday as the championship leader stormed to pole position at the United States Grand Prix.

other sports Updated: Oct 22, 2017 08:06 IST
AFP, Austin
Lewis Hamilton,Sebastian Vettel,United States Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton took another step towards a fourth World Championship by securing pole position for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel.(Twitter )

Lewis Hamilton swept to pole position for the United States Grand Prix as the Mercedes star targets wrapping up a fourth World title in Sunday’s race.

The British driver edged Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in third place.

It was Hamilton’s 72nd career pole and 11th of the season.

“The team have done a great job. The track was very difficult with the wind. It’s going to be a great race,” said Hamilton.

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Hamilton, 32, has to score 16 points more than Vettel on Sunday to make a fourth world title a mathematical certainty.

“It’s unlikely unless Sebastian makes a mistake -- and he’s a four-time world champion,” added the Briton.

If Hamilton wins on Sunday and Vettel finishes outside the top five for Ferrari, he will be champion while he will also be crowned champion if he is second and Vettel is outside the top eight.

If Hamilton is third or lower, the 2017 title battle continues to the next race in Mexico next weekend.

First Published: Oct 22, 2017 08:01 IST

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