Hamilton grabs pole position at US Grand Prix in title bid

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lewis Hamilton warned Ferrari and championship rival Sebastian Vettel would be ready to "punch back" at the U.S. Grand Prix after recent poor results.

He was right. It's just that Vettel may be too far back to land anything strong enough to deny Hamilton a fifth Formula One championship.

Hamilton drove his Mercedes to his 81st career pole position with a blistering track-record lap of 1 minute, 32.237 seconds at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday. Vettel was just .061 seconds behind.

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 L.Hamilton 331 9
2 S.Vettel 264 5
3 V.Bottas 207 0
4 K.Raikkonen 196 0
5 M.Verstappen 173 1
6 D.Ricciardo 146 2
7 S.Perez 53 0
8 K.Magnussen 53 0
9 N.Hulkenberg 53 0
10 F.Alonso 50 0
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