Hamilton breaks the streak of pole positions, Rosberg in Austin

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Lewis Hamilton will come out in first place ahead of Nico Rosberg after razing the circuit record with a lethal 1:34.999. The british exceeded in almost three tenths behind the championship leader, who erred in the key moment. The German had marked the pole in the last two years, but could not repeat, precisely the year that the closer you have to break with the reign of his companion.

The third place went to a Daniel Ricciardo that overtook Max Verstappen at the last moment, for the anger of the Dutch.

Carlos Sainz will start tenth, after passing through the Q3 with an impressive round, while Fernando Alonso will be the twelfth, because that is not spent for very little to the shoot-out final.

Q1: Hamilton shoots first

Lewis Hamilton took a ride in mark the best time of the weekend. The british, as his companion did not use the superblandos in third free, or even gave it a second try, since the performance of this compound is seen as vital for the career. Rosberg, a tenth in this round, not lost sight of.

The surprise of this round was the presence of Nico Hülkenberg after the Red Bull and ahead of Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel expressed his despair with eloquence after failing to pass in the seventh position:

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The Spanish Carlos Sainz (already solved the problems that made you to click on the free), and Fernando Alonso not had any major problems in passing the first cut of the Q1, the eleventh and the thirteenth. Those eliminated were Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Jenson Button, which began rolling with the soft tyres and not with superblandos as the rest, Pascal Wehrlein, Felipe Nasr and Esteban Ocon.

time Table Q1 Grand Prix of the United Unidos

Pos. Piloto Dorsal Equipo Tiempo Gap Laps
1 Gran Bretaña Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes 01′ 36″296 0 4
2 Alemania Nico Rosberg 6 Mercedes 01′ 36″397 +0.101 4
3 Países Bajos Max Verstappen 33 Red Bull 01′ 36″613 +0.317 3
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull 01′ 36″759 +0.463 3
5 Alemania Nico Hulkenberg 27 Force India 01′ 36″950 +0.654 3
6 Finlandia Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari 01′ 36″985 +0.689 3
7 Alemania Sebastian Vettel 5 Ferrari 01′ 37″151 +0.855 4
8 México Sergio Perez 11 Force India 01′ 37″345 +1.049 4
9 Brasil Felipe Massa 19 Williams 01′ 37″402 +1.106 6
10 Finlandia Valtteri Bottas 77 Williams 01′ 37″456 +1.160 3
11 España Carlos Sainz 55 Toro Rosso 01′ 37″744 +1.448 5
12 Rusia Daniil Kvyat 26 Toro Rosso 01′ 37″844 +1.548 6
13 España Fernando Alonso 14 McLaren 01′ 37″913 +1.617 5
14 Suecia Marcus Ericsson 9 Sauber 01′ 38″040 +1.744 8
15 México Esteban Gutiérrez 21 Haas F1 Team 01′ 38″053 +1.757 7
16 Gran Bretaña Jolyon Palmer 30 Renault 01′ 38″084 +1.788 6
17 Francia Romain Grosjean 8 Haas F1 Team 01′ 38″308 +2.012 8
18 Dinamarca Kevin Magnussen 20 Renault 01′ 38″317 +2.021 6
19 Gran Bretaña Jenson Button 22 McLaren 01′ 38″327 +2.031 6
20 Alemania Pascal Wehrlein 94 Manor F1 01′ 38″548 +2.252 9
21 Brasil Felipe Nasr 12 Sauber 01′ 38″583 +2.287 8
22 Francia Esteban Ocon 31 Manor F1 01′ 38″806 +2.510 8

Q2: Mercedes thinks of the race as

The superiority of the Mercedes, and thinking about the race on Sunday allowed them to make their laps with soft tyres to go with them and do the first stints with this compound. That, obviously, did not allow them to lead this round, although they were not left very far away: less than a tenth between the time of Rosberg, who was second, and the Ricciardo, first with tires superblandos used.

Fernando Alonso not bit his tongue. After your first timed lap, momentarily we got into the Q3, complained on the radio of the poor speed that showed his car: “it Would be good not to lose a tenth and a half on the straights”. Despite its good performance, Carlos Sainz improved in the last instant to be the eight and left him out of the last batch.

The time to Sainz with regard to Q1 is not trivial: improved six-tenths of his best lap of the weekend, and without rolling in the third-party free. A almost perfect lap within ‘your league’.

eliminated were Sergio Perez, the cited Alonso, the renewed Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez, Jolyon Palmer and Marcus Ericsson.

time Table Q2 Grand Prix of the United Unidos

Pos. Piloto Dorsal Equipo Tiempo Gap Laps
1 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull 01′ 36″255 0 6
2 Alemania Nico Rosberg 6 Mercedes 01′ 36″351 +0.096 7
3 Gran Bretaña Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes 01′ 36″450 +0.195 7
4 Alemania Sebastian Vettel 5 Ferrari 01′ 36″462 +0.207 7
5 Finlandia Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari 01′ 36″584 +0.329 6
6 Alemania Nico Hulkenberg 27 Force India 01′ 36″626 +0.371 9
7 Países Bajos Max Verstappen 33 Red Bull 01′ 36″857 +0.602 6
8 España Carlos Sainz 55 Toro Rosso 01′ 37″175 +0.920 11
9 Finlandia Valtteri Bottas 77 Williams 01′ 37″202 +0.947 9
10 Brasil Felipe Massa 19 Williams 01′ 37″214 +0.959 9
11 México Sergio Perez 11 Force India 01′ 37″353 +1.098 10
12 España Fernando Alonso 14 McLaren 01′ 37″417 +1.162 11
13 Rusia Daniil Kvyat 26 Toro Rosso 01′ 37″480 +1.225 12
14 México Esteban Gutiérrez 21 Haas F1 Team 01′ 37″773 +1.518 10
15 Gran Bretaña Jolyon Palmer 30 Renault 01′ 37″935 +1.680 9
16 Suecia Marcus Ericsson 9 Sauber 01′ 39″356 +3.101 11

Q3: Hamilton puts order

In his usual duel with two shots, Lewis Hamilton threw before Nico Rosberg on the first lap of Q3, by just 72 thousandths behind and leaving both to more than half a second Daniel Ricciardo. The 1:35.370 already supposed to be the fastest lap in the history of the Circuit of the Americas, because that has been beaten by three-tenths of the record of Sebastian Vettel that I’d had since 2012.

In the second attempt, from the beginning, saw that Hamilton was much thinner than Rosberg. The leader of the World erred on the entrance on the first curve, and although, in principle, improved by a tenth in the time of the british, this ended up reducing to an inconceivable 1:34.999, which represents the 58th pole position of the race of the English, and ninth of the year.

time Table Q3 Grand Prix of the United Unidos

Pos. Piloto Dorsal Equipo Tiempo Gap Laps
1 Gran Bretaña Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes 01′ 34″999 0 13
2 Alemania Nico Rosberg 6 Mercedes 01′ 35″215 +0.216 13
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull 01′ 35″509 +0.510 12
4 Países Bajos Max Verstappen 33 Red Bull 01′ 35″747 +0.748 12
5 Finlandia Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari 01′ 36″131 +1.132 12
6 Alemania Sebastian Vettel 5 Ferrari 01′ 36″358 +1.359 13
7 Alemania Nico Hulkenberg 27 Force India 01′ 36″628 +1.629 12
8 Finlandia Valtteri Bottas 77 Williams 01′ 37″116 +2.117 12
9 Brasil Felipe Massa 19 Williams 01′ 37″269 +2.270 12
10 España Carlos Sainz 55 Toro Rosso 01′ 37″326 +2.327 14