Hamilton was fastest in all three practice sessions ahead of Saturday afternoon’s qualifying and continued to dominant. Lewis made flying-lap of 1:33.108, post a new track record for the Circuit of Americas and amounting to his eleventh pole of the season so far and 72nd pole of career.
The Brit must outscore Vettel by 16 points on Sunday in order to allow him to secure a fourth F1 World Drivers’ Championship at a venue where his fame is only exceeded by the Brits themselves.
Valtteri Bottas made third fastest time ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
Max Verstappen’s 15-place grid penalty, due to a sixth engine and MGU-H, disadvantaged his sixth place qualification.
Force India ace Esteban Ocon was seventh fastest, a second off Verstappen, while new Renault speedy Carlos Sainz Jr completed only one run in Q3 thanks to only having one set of fresh ultra-softs, ending up eighth.
Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez – who only had used tyres for his first Q3 run – rounded out the top 10.