SPORT Rosberg beats Hamilton to US pole
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.