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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.



Hamilton takes record 69th pole in the wet at Monza

Hamilton now has a record 69 pole positions. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton will start the Italian Grand Prix from pole position following his wet-weather masterclass in one of the longest qualifying sessions in Formula One history.

Hamilton's excellence at a rain-hit Monza, following a delay which lasted two hours and 36 minutes, sees him stand alone as the sport's all-time one-lap specialist with his 69th career pole.

The Englishman, 32, held his nerve in the shootout for pole as the rain, which wreaked havoc with Saturday's schedule, returned with vengeance in the closing moments.

Hamilton was the last to cross the line, and his lap was an incredible 1.1 seconds faster than Red Bull's Max Verstappen with his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo third.

It marks Hamilton's fourth consecutive pole at Monza and moves him above Michael Schumacher's tally which he matched in Belgium last weekend

Hamilton however, will be joined on the front row by the Canadian teenager Lance Stroll with both Verstappen and Ricciardo to serve grid drops following engine penalties. And to cap a remarkable day for Hamilton his title rival Sebastian Vettel will start only sixth.

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