Rosberg takes USGP pole in shortened qualifying session

untitled2Nico Rosberg will start the 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix from pole position, locking out the front row with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg set the fastest time in Q2 at the Circuit of The Americas on Sunday morning, before Q3 was cancelled due to worsening rain.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is third on the grid for this afternoon’s race, followed by team mate Daniil Kvyat. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth and eighth respectively, but both have ten-place grid penalties.

Splitting the scarlet cars were the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, while Williams’ Felipe Massa and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen completed the top ten.

Q1 had got under way on schedule, with Hamilton setting an early benchmark before the session was briefly red flagged, Carlos Sainz losing the rear of his Toro Rosso and spinning into the barriers at Turn 4.

When it restarted the track was drying out and the times quickly tumbled. Hamilton, Rosberg and Ricciardo all had spells at the top of the leader board but it was Ricciardo who finished quickest with a 1m 56.495s.

Exiting in Q1 were the Sauber duo of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, Marussia’s Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens and the unfortunate Sainz.

The conditions started to deteriorate at the start of Q2, with Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Kvyat and Hamilton all having moments at Turn 10, while Vettel spun at Turn 9.

Rosberg set the early pace with a 1m 56.824s, with Hamilton a further tenth back. The rain continued to fall, meaning the times set early in the session stood firm. The McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button could only manage 11th and 14th respectively, with the Lotus cars of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado and Williams’ Valterri Bottas also finishing in the Q2 drop zone.

United States Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:56.671 1:56.824 RNR* Leader 16
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:56.871 1:56.929 RNR* -0.105 14
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:56.495 1:57.969 RNR* -1.040 16
4 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:57.640 1:58.434 RNR* -0.465 16
5 5 Sebastian Vettel 2:00.950 1:58.596 RNR* -0.162 13
6 11 Sergio Perez 1:59.284 1:59.210 RNR* -0.614 16
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:58.325 1:59.333 RNR* -0.123 16
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:58.198 1:59.703 RNR* -0.370 15
9 19 Felipe Massa 2:00.902 1:59.999 RNR* -0.296 17
10 33 Max Verstappen 1:58.689 2:00.199 RNR* -0.200 17
11 14 Fernando Alonso 1:59.704 2:00.265 Eliminated -0.066 16
12 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:59.569 2:00.334 Eliminated -0.069 16
13 8 Romain Grojean 2:00.236 2:00.595 Eliminated -0.261 17
14 22 Jenson Button 2:00.261 2:01.193 Eliminated -0.598 16
15 13 Pastor Maldonado 2:00.844 2:01.604 Eliminated -0.411 17
16 9 Marcus Ericsson 2:02.212 Eliminated -0.608 9
17 12 Felipe Nasr 2:03.194 Eliminated -0.982 9
18 53 Alexander Rossi 2:04.176 Eliminated -0.982 9
19 28 Will Stevens 2:04.526 Eliminated -0.350 9
20 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 2:07.304 Eliminated -2.778 2
Vettel and Raikkonen have ten-place grid penalties.
RNR – Round Not Run

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