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Hamilton secures pole in USA Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton will take pole in the USA. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton will start the United States Grand Prix from pole position after blitzing his rivals in Austin on Saturday.

Hamilton, who could be crowned champion here on Sunday, has been in scintillating form this weekend topping every practice session before storming to the top of the timings in qualifying, too.

The 32-year-old British driver will be joined on the the front row by his championship rival Sebastian Vettel with Valtteri Bottas, in the sister Mercedes, third on the grid.

Hamilton will win the title at the Circuit of the Americas if he triumphs in Sunday's race and Vettel fails to finish in the top five.

McLaren confirm Alonso will race for them in 2018

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McLaren's F1 team have announced that Fernando Alonso will race for the team in 2018.

Alonso's contract had been due to expire at the end of this season. The Spaniard's Formula One future was up in the air but he has now committed to the Woking-based side for at least another year.

Alonso told McLaren's official website: “It’s fantastic to be able to continue my relationship with everybody at McLaren.

"It was always where my heart was telling me to stay, and I really feel at home here.

"This is a fantastic team, full of incredible people, with a warmth and friendliness that I’ve never experienced elsewhere in Formula 1. I’m incredibly happy to be racing here."

“Just as important, McLaren has the technical resource and financial strength to be able to very quickly win races and world championships in F1.

"Although the last few years have not been easy, we have never forgotten how to win, and I believe we can achieve that again soon."

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