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The Spanish Ferrari man cannot be overtaken now.
A difficult afternoon for Heikki Kovalainen saw the Finn drop to fifteenth from his eighth place grid slot.
The biggest challenge facing the drivers throughout the Austin weekend was hugely variable track temperatures.
Paul Di Resta finished in P16 following a two-stop strategy and Adrian Sutil was out of luck and retired on lap one after contact with Pastor Maldonado.
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Pastor Maldonado had contact with Sutil's Force India on the first lap which forced him to pit early for a new front wing which compromised his strategy.
The team scored 14 points and is now 15 points ahead of Ferrari and 33 ahead of Lotus in the Constructors' standings.
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Adrian Sutil will line up in P17 after a technical issue hampered his chances.
Pastor Maldonado's qualifying was hindered by traffic in Q1 which meant that he just missed out on Q2.
It was the 44th pole of the newly-crowned champion’s career and his eighth of the season.
The Spaniard is in sixth place on the grid, starting alongside the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.
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Daniel Ricciardo: "Now I’m looking forward to the race: I’m just outside the top ten, I’m on the clean side of the track and I get a free tyre choice.”
This afternoon saw Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg qualify in fifth and 14th places respectively for the United States Grand Prix.
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The E21 demonstrated strong potential using both tyre compounds. Heikki was quickly up to speed.
Dr Vijay Mallya: "The engineers have lots of data to analyse tonight to make sure we get the most from the tyres in qualifying and the race.”
The quickest driver of the day was Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who set a time of 1m37.305s on the medium compound tyres halfway through FP2.
Nico Hulkenberg: "The car was ok and the performance is looking good too."
Daniil Kvyat: "...we still did 20 laps which is important mileage for me and we also managed to do some aero measurements."
Sebastian Vettel: "Ferrari looked quick this morning and McLaren could be a surprise here, and Lotus and Mercedes will be strong as normal."
Pastor Maldonado: "It was a difficult session today, particularly trying to get the most out of the tyres."
The Mercedes drivers completed a total of 118 laps today, more than a full race distance each.