Lewis Hamilton rounds up Nico Rosberg to take pole number 58
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 22, 2016 Updated: 5:33 PM
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took career pole number 58 ahead teammate Nico Rosberg for Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix, which some say is a must win, for the Jedi Knight of F1 to keep his championship hopes alive.
“We’ve been working so hard and this is a really good reward for everyone at the team. I’m really pleased it all came together today so I could claim my first pole in the US. I’ve always been quite bad around the first corner, finding it hard to get the right line and losing time at this part of the track but today I finally got it right – and it was the right time to do so!,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton’s 58th career pole position puts him within striking distance of his hero and idol Ayrton Senna on the all-time poles list.
“Seven is still a long way to go but to think that I’m within shooting distance is incredible, but it also just goes to show just how amazing a driver he was. To get as many poles as that in the amount of time that he had, it’s taken me a lot longer to get where I am so it was clearly phenomenal,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton finished 0.216s ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg who took second after running wide at Turn 1 on his first run. Rosberg wasn't able to correct his sector one mistake on his second run.
“I produced a good lap for my final run in Q3, but unfortunately it wasn't enough as Lewis found some extra time in the first sector. As we've seen this year, it's not always about where you qualify and I believe I still have a great chance at winning tomorrow's race,” said Rosberg.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took third and was, 0.510s off of Hamilton. Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen who grabbed fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen in fifth who beat out his teammate Sebastian Vettel in sixth.
“I’m happy with qualifying for sure. It was pretty much the best we could do today, good progression and we got quicker and quicker. We start on the supersofts and the guys around me are on softs so I hope that works out well for me. We suspected that would be the case and I was happy to do it, hopefully it gives me a little bit off the start and we can challenge the first lap,” said Ricciardo.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg qualified seventh ahead of the Williams, of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa. Carlos Sainz took tenth for Toro Rosso to make it into the top ten.
The second Force India of Sergio Perez will start 11th with just 0.139s that kept him out of Q3. Fernando Alonso lost time in sectors one and two which saw him end the day in 12th for Mcclaren-Honda. Daniil Kvyat took 13th, and was 0.305s off his teammate Sainz.
Esteban Gutierrez who prepares for the first of his two home races took 14th for Haas F1. Jolyon Palmer ended the day in 15th, with Sauber's Marucs Ericsson in 16th.
“It hasn’t been an easy weekend for the team. We struggled a lot on Friday. Today we focused and gave it everything we’ve got and this is the best result we could get. Unfortunately, we lost some parts on Friday and we’re not using our new front wing, so that’s a few tenths that could have helped us get into Q3, which is what we’re looking for. In the end, it all comes down to focusing and driving as quickly as possible,” said Gutierrez
Romain Grosjean was just 0.255s shy of Q2 in17th and Renault’s Kevin Magnussen in 18th ahead of Jenson Button. Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein finished 19th alongside his teammate Esteban Ocon.