Illustration for article titled Nico Rosberg Trumps Lewis Hamilton And Secures Pole For USGP

Well, things just got a little more interesting at the U.S. Grand Prix. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton may have been the fastest during Friday's practices, but it's his teammate Nico Rosberg who will start on pole tomorrow afternoon.


Of course, Hamilton — winner of the inaugural race in 2012 — isn't far behind him. He'll start in second, followed by Valtteri Bottas in third.

"Great day, I'm very happy," Rosberg said at a post-qualifying press conference. "The balance was good. It was quite a challenge because the wind was changing." It's a breezy, cool and sunny day out at Circuit of the Americas, and while it's nowhere near as hot as last year's race, it has warmed up quite a bit throughout the day.

Hamilton experienced some issues with his brakes locking up during qualifying, the same troubles the Mercedes cars have been having all season.

The official qualifying results are below from F1's website. Should be a good race!

16Nico RosbergMercedes1:38.3031:36.2901:36.06720
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:37.1961:37.2871:36.44316
377Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:38.2491:37.4991:36.90619
419Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:37.8771:37.3471:37.20520
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:38.8141:37.8731:37.24417
614Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:38.3491:38.0101:37.61016
722Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:38.5741:38.0241:37.65517
820Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:38.5571:38.0471:37.70616
97Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:38.6691:38.2631:37.80422
1099Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:38.8551:38.3781:38.81015
1113Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:38.6081:38.46716
1211Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:39.2001:38.55416
1327Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:38.9311:38.59816
1426Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:38.9361:38.69917
1525Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:39.25010
1621Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:39.55510
171Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:39.6213
188Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:39.6798

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