Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel (centre) will start in pole position, with McLaren Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (right) in second and Red Bull's Mark Webber in third.

Austin, Texas – Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel will start the U.S. Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday with the German perfectly placed to secure his third Formula One title in succession.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who is 10 points behind with two races remaining including Sunday's, could set only the ninth fastest time in Saturday's qualifying.

Vettel, who dominated all three practice sessions at the sport's newest venue, will have McLaren's Lewis Hamilton alongside on the front row.


1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault

2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren

3. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault

4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - Renault

5. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes

6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari

7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes

8. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari

9. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault

10. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams - Renault

11. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams - Renault

12. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren

13. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - Mercedes

14. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Ferrari

15. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari

16. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber - Ferrari

17. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes

18. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso - Ferrari

19. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia - Cosworth

20. Charles Pic (France) Marussia - Cosworth

21. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham - Renault

22. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham - Renault

23. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT - Cosworth

24. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT - Cosworth – Reuters