23 Oct 2016

Hamilton beats Rosberg to US GP pole

8:41 am on 23 October 2016

Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has won a qualifying battle with Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg to seize pole position for the US Grand Prix.

British driver Lewis Hamilton

British driver Lewis Hamilton Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Hamilton, 33 points behind the German with four rounds remaining, has won three of the past four races in Austin but had never before managed to seize the top slot on the starting grid in Texas.

The British driver's fastest lap of one minute 34.999 seconds was 0.216 quicker than Rosberg who starts alongside him on the front row.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo qualified third fastest for Red Bull with Dutch teammate Max Verstappen joining him on the second row for tomorrow morning's race.