Vettel takes pole position

Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel will start the U.S. Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday with the German perfectly placed to secure his third Formula One title in succession.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who is 10 points behind with two races remaining including Sunday's, could set only the ninth fastest time in Saturday's qualifying. Vettel, who dominated all three practice sessions at the sport's newest venue, will have McLaren's Lewis Hamilton alongside on the front row.

US GP qualifying: 1. Sebastian Vettel (RedBull) 1:35.657; 2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 1:35.766; 3. Mark Webber (RedBull) 1:36.174; 4. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:36.587; 5. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 1:36.708; 6. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) 1:36.794; 7. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1:36.937; 8. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:37.141; 9. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:37.300; 10. Pastor Maldonado (Williams) 1:37.842; 11. Bruno Senna (Williams) 1:37.604; 12. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:37.616; 13. Paul Di Resta (Force India) 1:37.665; 14. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1:37.879; 15. Sergio Perez (Sauber) 1:38.206; 16. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) 1:38.437; 17. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:38.501; 18. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1:39.114; 19. Timo Glock (Cosworth) 1:40.056; 20. Charles Pic (Cosworth) 1:40.664;  21. Vitaly Petrov (Caterham) 1:40.809; 22. Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham) 1:41.166; 23. Pedro de la Rosa (HRT) 1:42.011; 24. Narain Karthikeyan (HRT) 1:42.740. 

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