Lewis Hamilton goes for F1 title glory in US GP – live!

5.42pm BST

1 Hamilton 2 Räikkönen
3 Bottas 4 Ricciardo
5 Vettel 6 Ocon
7 Hülkenberg 8 Grosjean
9 Leclerc 10 Pérez
11 Sainz 12 Magnussen
13 Verstappen 14 Alonso
15 Sirotkin 16 Stroll
17 Ericsson 18 Vandoorne
19 Gasly 20 Hartley

5.30pm BST

So, will this be the day? Lewis Hamilton can finish what he has started in Austin, with the Mercedes driver on pole and gunning for his fifth world title. Simply, Hamilton must secure eight more points that Vettel in America to wrap up victory. Among the permutations that will see Hamilton clinch it is if he wins the race and Sebastian Vettel, the Ferrari who starts on the third row of the grid, finishes lower than second. In the event Vettel failed to pick up any points round Circuit of the Americas. A 81st pole position puts Hamilton firmly in the driving seat, with the Briton more than capable of controlling the race from the front. But maybe there will be a little queasiness at the role that Kimi Räikkönen may yet play out. The Finn, and Vettel’s team-mate, will start the race from second on ultra-soft tyres, ahead of Valtteri Bottas, the Mercedes. “We’re lacking a bit of straight-line speed and it’s going to be very difficult to defend against the Ferraris. That’s my worry,” Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, said. “I’ve always said you cannot write them off.” For now then, and only now the champagne is firmly on ice, but Hamilton is within touching distance of another crowning glory. For the kid from Stevenage, who these days calls Monte Carlo home, it would be another brick in the empire, another one for the mantelpiece.

Lights out: 7.10pm (BST)

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