Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen qualified eighth and 12th, respectively, for the United States Grand Prix Sunday at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.
Grosjean set the 10th-fastest time in Q1 with a lap of 1:34.892 around the 5.513-kilometer (3.426-mile), 20-turn track. Magnussen was 12th quickest with a lap of 1:34.972. Each driver handily made the top-15 cutoff to advance to Q2.
In Q2, Grosjean earned the seventh-fastest time with a lap of 1:34.419 while Magnussen was 12th with a lap of 1:34.732. Only the top-10 drivers move on to Q3.
Into Q3 for the 11th straight time – a streak that began June 23 in qualifying for the French Grand Prix and is the longest such stretch of his Formula One career – Grosjean qualified a solid eighth with a lap of 1:34.250.
Both Grosjean and Magnussen ran exclusively on the Pirelli P Zero Purple ultrasoft tire throughout qualifying.
Taking the pole for the United States Grand Prix was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. His fast lap of 1:32.237 set a new track qualifying record and was .061 of a second better than runner-up Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari. It was Hamilton’s 81st career Formula One pole, his series-leading ninth this season and his third at COTA.
Despite qualifying second, Vettel will start fifth after incurring a three-spot grid penalty for an infraction during practice on Friday. This moves his teammate and third-place qualifier, Kimi Räikkönen, to the outside of row one.
Before Grosjean, Magnussen and the rest of their Formula One counterparts participated in knockout qualifying, they had one final practice (FP3) to dial in their racecars for a quick lap around the track. Grosjean started on the Red supersoft tire and ran 14 laps before switching to Purple ultrasofts. Magnussen did the opposite. He began FP3 on ultrasofts and turned eight laps until changing to supersofts. After five laps, Magnussen returned to ultrasofts to finish out the session.
Grosjean totaled 19 laps and set the 10th-fastest time with a 1:35.468 on his 17th tour. Magnussen also tallied 19 laps and earned his best time on his 16th lap – a 1:35.770 that put him 13th overall.
Quickest in FP3 was Vettel, whose fast lap of 1:33.797 was .046 of a second better than next fastest Räikkönen.