Rosberg Rockets To Unstoppable Pole In Austin

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Nico Rosberg did what he needed to do and with authority as he took pole ahead of his team-mate for the 2014 United States Grand Prix. His time of 1:36.067 was almost 4 tenths faster than Lewis Hamilton could manage as the Briton attempted to battle past a brake issue. Valtteri Bottas is best of the rest and will start the race in third for the fifth time in the past seven races.

Rosberg’s lap has given him his ninth pole of the season and the thirteenth pole of his career. It is Rosberg’s first pole position in the United States GP and the tenth Mercedes front row of the year.

Rosberg was pleased following qualifying with a car that he felt comfortable with, but is aware that the race awaits where anything could happen.

“It’s been a great day, I’m very happy. With my engineers, I arrived at a car which I was really happy with,” said Rosberg.

“The wind was changing so that made it very challenging, it wasn’t easy to get everything right. But it’s the race which counts and I need to fully focus on tomorrow.”

Hamilton had to settle for second on the grid

Hamilton had to settle for second on the grid

Less pleased was Lewis Hamilton as a brake issue left him in a tricky situation as he ultimately failed to beat his team-mate.

“Nico did a great job today,” said Hamilton. “I really struggled with braking.

“The left brake was always around 100 degrees less than the right-front.

“It kept catching. No matter what I did, it would still lock. That is perhaps where I was losing a lot of the time.”

Bottas has been in good form

Bottas has been in good form

Valtteri Bottas put in a strong lap to finish qualifying in third and will hope to stay third to finish on the podium in the race.

“A very good session today and I felt like I got everything out of the car that I could with two good flying laps. It took me a while this week to get the balance right and to get the car to a stage where I could fully trust it, but we got it right when it mattered.”

Alonso has still not confirmed his plans for 2015

Alonso has still not confirmed his plans for 2015

Fernando Alonso said after he qualified sixth that Ferrari had considered using a sixth Power Unit for the U.S. GP instead of having to use an older engine with less power, but decided against a new engine due to the grid penalty that Alonso would suffer as a result.

“We were a couple of tenths down on the engine because we have some limitations there after the Monza engine failure,” he said after qualifying sixth.

“In fact we were discussing last week using the sixth engine and starting from the pitlane like Red Bull will, or using a very old engine with a little bit less power but at least we wouldn’t need to recover places.

“We chose the second option, so probably we are missing a little bit of performance here and there.”

Button out-qualified his team-mate Kevin Magnussen in Texas

Button out-qualified his team-mate Kevin Magnussen in Texas

Jenson Button put in a good lap in Q3 to post the seventh quickest time of the session but will start from 12th due to a grid penalty for a gearbox change.

“It is so tricky out here today,” Button said“It is quite windy, it is cool and it is so inconsistent corner to corner, run to run. None of my laps felt that clean, but seventh is okay. It is always a pity when you are half a tenth away from the car in front.”

United States GP Grid

* – 5 place grid penalty

** – starts from pitlane due to penalty

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.067s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m36.443s 0.376s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m36.906s 0.839s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.205s 1.138s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.244s 1.177s
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m37.610s 1.543s
7 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m37.706s 1.639s
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.804s 1.737s
9 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.810s 2.743s
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m38.467s
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.554s
12 Jenson Button * McLaren/Mercedes 1m37.655s
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m38.598s
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m39.250s
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.555s
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m39.679s
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.699s
18 Sebastian Vettel** Red Bull/Renault 1m39.621s
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