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Hamilton wins in Austin

While Hamilton was the star of the show, Sebastian Vettel took second and Fernando Alonso third, ensuring their battle for the Drivers’ Championship goes down to the wire in Brazil. Vettel, who had been fastest in every session up until today, controlled proceedings at the front after the start. However, as he got tangled up in traffic on lap 42, he fell back towards Hamilton and the McLaren driver, who had been stalking the Red Bull man for most of the race, cruised past to take the lead.

Vettel secures US GP pole

Vettel’s sole remaining title rival Fernando Alonso could only manage ninth place in qualifying but the Ferrari driver will start at least one place further up the grid after fourth-placed qualifier Romain Grosjean was hit with a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. 
Vettel had dominated on Friday despite a water leak that sidelined him for much of the afternoon running and he continued to set the pace on Saturday with another potent display in the final practice hour, finishing three tenths clear of Hamilton.

Three out of three for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel left his ascent to the top of the timesheets until late in the session during Saturday morning’s final free practice session. When cars came out on Medium tyres in the final 15 minutes of the hour, Lewis Hamilton was in top spot with a time of 1:37.492. With two minutes remaining Vettel, seemingly without trouble, simply accelerated away from the field with two laps under the 1m:37s barrier. The first of which, 1:36.490, was the fastest of the morning. Hamilton responded on his final tour, closing the gap to two-tenths with 1:36.748 but Vettel was secure in his lead.

Vettel dominates again in FP2

The reigning World Champion spent the first hour of FP2 in the garage as Red Bull fixed a water leak that manifested when he left the garage at the start of his first run. He came out in the last half hour of the session and instantly showed his pace with a run that took him to the top of the timesheet, setting a fastest lap of 1:37.718. When the session finished he was eight-tenths up on team-mate Mark Webber, with championship rival Fernando Alonso third for Ferrari. Behind them came the McLaren pair of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

Vettel fastest in FP1

Hamilton held top spot until Vettel emerged for his final run of the session. The reigning World Champion was the first man under 1m39s and eventually set a time of 1:38.215 for Red Bull Racing, an enormous 1.4s ahead of the Englishman, crossing the line as the chequered flag flew. Behind them Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari and Jenson Button fourth in the second McLaren. Mark Webber took fifth in the second Red Bull ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

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