Rosberg on top in USGP qualifying

Mercedes has dominated the entire weekend, but it was Rosberg who took command in qualifying.

This weekend has been perfect for Lewis Hamilton. Well, it was, right up until Q3. FP1, FP2 FP3, Q1, Q2 ... He was quickest in each one. Directly behind him was Nico Rosberg. In Q3, Rosberg took his turn on point.

Williams shadows Mercedes

For the ninth time in 2014, the German will start first on the grid, beating his teammate by roughly four tenths. Williams locked out the second row with the always impressive Valtteri Bottas third and the veteran, Felipe Massa fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo hopes to keep his championship hopes alive this weekend, and will do so from fifth on the grid. The rest of the top ten was filled by Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, and a surprise in Adrian Sutil, snagging Sauber's first top ten start of the season.

Grid penalties

It's important to note that three drivers face grid penalties this weekend. Button qualified seventh, but will actually start 12th. Daniil Kvyat placed 14th, but will be dropped to the very rear of the grid. Vettel, knowing he will start from the pit lane, just logged a couple laps in qualifying, posting the 17th fastest time. Romain Grosjean was slowest.

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Series Formula 1
Event United States GP
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Circuit of the Americas
Drivers Jenson Button , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Felipe Massa , Nico Rosberg , Adrian Sutil , Romain Grosjean , Daniel Ricciardo , Valtteri Bottas , Kevin Magnussen , Daniil Kvyat
Teams Mercedes , Sauber , Williams
Article type Qualifying report