SPORT Ros­berg beats Hamil­ton to US pole

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Nico Ros­berg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamil­ton to pole po­si­tion at the United States Grand Prix as quali­fy­ing was trun­cated by rain.

The ses­sion was called off af­ter just two of the three parts be­cause con­di­tions had de­te­ri­o­rated to the point that the track was too dan­ger­ous.

Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel took fifth but will be de­moted 10 places.

Hamil­ton needs to beat Ros­berg by two points and Vet­tel by nine to seal his third ti­tle this week­end.

The Red Bulls of Daniel Ric­cia­rdo and Daniil Kvyat will be on the sec­ond row with the Force In­dia cars mak­ing up the third af­ter Vet­tel’s de­mo­tion.

Vet­tel and team-mate Kimi Raikko­nen, who qual­i­fied eighth, have been pe­nalised for us­ing more than the per­mit­ted num­ber of en­gines.

Force In­dia’s Ser­gio Perez will start fifth ahead of team­mate Nico Hulken­berg.

The Fer­rari driv­ers’ penal­ties mean Wil­liams’s Felipe Massa, who qual­i­fied ninth, will start sev­enth, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Max Ver­stap­pen and McLaren’s Fer­nando Alonso.

“I felt com­fort­able with the car,” Ros­berg said. “It is quite chal­leng­ing - the car snaps quite sud­denly, but I got a good lap to­gether.”

Mercedes have now locked out the front row on 12 oc­ca­sions this sea­son

Hamil­ton said: “It was lots of fun out there for all of us. It’s a shame we couldn’t go out at the end.

“I had hoped we could go out and clean the track. It looks like a lot of peo­ple have turned up to­day to watch. I hope the weather eases up for the race.”

Ric­cia­rdo said he ex­pected “we will have a lot of run” in the race.

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