Lewis Hamilton sweptpole position at the United States Grand Prix

The British driver edged Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in third place.

It was Hamilton’s 72nd career pole and 11th of the season.“It’s unlikely unless Sebastian makes a mistake — and he’s a four-time world champion,” added the Briton.

“The team have done a great job. The track was very difficult with the wind. It’s going to be a great race,” said Hamilton.

If Hamilton wins on Sunday and Vettel finishes outside the top five for Ferrari, he will be champion while he will also be crowned champion if he is second and Vettel is outside the top eight.

If Hamilton is third or lower, the 2017 title battle continues to the next race in Mexico next weekend.

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