The Grid: Starting line-up for 2018 US Grand Prix

Defending world champion, Lewis Hamilton secures the pole position at the U.S. Grand Prix with his nearest rival Sebastian Vettel starting fifth, following the grid penalty.

Hamilton, who will be only the third driver to win as a minimum five world titles if he finish eight points more than Vettel on Sunday.

Vettel qualified second, and just 0.061 slower than the Pole sitter, but has a three-place grid penalty after failing to slow sufficiently while red flags were being waved in Friday practice. Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen will share the front row with Hamilton.

The pole was a record-extending 81st for Hamilton, his third in a row in Austin and ninth of the season.