Sebestian Vettel wins pole position at US Grand Prix
"The asphalt is brand new and it takes a while for the track to come in, but it's also quite a lot of fun to slide around a couple of corners, and it just got better
throughout," Vettel said.
His ability to start up front puts more pressure on Alonso, who was 1.643 seconds slower. Alonso finished ninth in qualifying but will start No. 8 after Lotus' Romain Grosjean was penalised for changing his gearbox after the third practice session.
If Vettel wins, Alonso must finish no worse than fourth to force the title race to the series finale next week in Sao Paulo.
Alonso appeared unfazed by yesterday's result.
"On Sunday, we are still sure that we can score more points than Vettel. I don't know how, but I have this feeling," Alonso said. "Sundays are normally our best part of
Hamilton, who won pole position in Abu Dhabi, pushed Vettel hard for another.
"I was giving it everything. I had nothing really to lose. The car seemed to handle it quite well," said Hamilton, who will be racing one of his last grand prix for McLaren
before moving to Mercedes in 2013.
Today will be Vettel's 100th career grand prix start. Along the way, he's picked up 26 career victories and learned how to close out a tight championship race.
Vettel won the 2010 title with a victory from the pole in the final race at Abu Dhabi, making him the youngest F1 world champion in history. He came back to dominate the circuit in 2011
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