Sebastian Vettel looks on course for another victory by taking pole position in the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of Americas in Austin.
Vettel, who is appearing in his 100th Grand Prix, timed 1:35.65 to clinch the first position, with McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton taking second. Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber will start third, with Romain Grosjean outpacing his Lotus teammate Kimi Raikkonen for fourth.
Fernando Alonso was never up to the pace, with the championship contender finishing in ninth position on the grid.
"It is always a good feeling, doesn't really matter whether it is the 100th or the 58th," Vettel said. "So, yes. It is good to be on the front row, and it is good to start from the clean side of the track.
"Especially after yesterday's practice we thought that you definitely want to start from the clean side. Generally it was important for me to be able to feel the car, and that I was constantly able to get a little more out of it the more laps we did.
"For tomorrow (Sunday) we are very confident, as the car feels great and therefore let us see what we can get out of this."
Vettel said he was not taking anything for granted, despite Alonso only qualifying in ninth place. "We know the situation of the championship very well, not least because we constantly get reminded about it," Vettel added. "Generally it doesn't really matter where Fernando is during the race, as we have to focus on ourselves, and get the best out of our car.
"If you bother about what the others are doing, in my eyes you would not be able to get out the optimum. But if we are able to get the best out of the car -- and us -- then this will enlarge the chance of winning the championship this year."
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