Hamil­ton takes USA pole

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

De­fend­ing For­mula One cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton earned pole po­si­tion yes­ter­day for the U.S. Grand Prix, where he's hop­ing a late-sea­son charge will help catch Mercedes team­mate Nico Ros­berg in the ti­tle chase.

Hamil­ton has won at the Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas three times in four years but never started from pole po­si­tion. His fi­nal lap of 1 minute, 34.999 sec­onds pushed Ros­berg into the No. 2 spot.

Hamil­ton trails Ros­berg by 33 points in the sea­son cham­pi­onship with four races left. His three vic­to­ries on this track came when he started No. 2.

Ros­berg had been on the pole at the U.S. Grand Prix the last two years. He can hold off Hamil­ton for the sea­son ti­tle with a run of sec­ond-place fin­ishes.

A win to­day would all but seal Ros­berg's first ca­reer For­mula One ti­tle.

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