Rosberg edges Hamilton for pole at US Grand Prix
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nico Rosberg earned a chance to tighten the Formula One championship race with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by winning pole position Saturday for the U.S. Grand Prix.
Rosberg edged Hamilton by .376 seconds at the Circuit of the Americas. Valtteri Bottas of Williams will start third.
Hamilton leads Rosberg by 17 points in the driver’s championship with three races left.
Defending race and world champion Sebastien Vettel of Red Bull will start Sunday in pit lane because of a penalty for using a sixth engine this season.
Sunday’s race will be run against the backdrop of roiling tensions between Formula One’s wealthiest teams and those struggling to survive. Two teams, Marussia and Caterham, won’t race Sunday because of financial problems, dropping the grid to 18 cars, the smallest in nine years.