USA GP: Impossible to look beyond Hamilton for pole position

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The sight of a clear track ahead is becoming a very familiar one for Lewis Hamilton, be it the beginning or the end of the race.

Hamilton has just equalled his previous best run of four consecutive race wins from the opening part of the season, zipping his merry way to three pole positions during this mightily impressive period.

Only in Japan has Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg bettered the Brit during this potentially decisive purple patch in the championship race.

As a result, Hamilton’s 4/6 odds about yet another pole position in America is already a solid-looking bet.

Those who are still running with the theory that Rosberg always offers better value, in this case 13/8, as ever cannot be too hastily discouraged, though in this instance the case is a lot flimsier than usual.

The German, who trails his Silver Arrow colleague by 17 points heading to Texas, has made a hash of qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas in the two previous years it’s been staged in the the Lone Star state’s capital of Austin.

When Hamilton was speeding his way onto the front of the grid in 2012 just behind Sebastian Vettel, Rosberg couldn’t even make Q3, where he ended up starting from 17th.

Then only a year ago, Rosberg repeated the trick of missing out on the final session while Hamilton secured a fifth-place start.

Hamilton also has a decent history across the pond at the USA Grand Prix’s previous home in Indianapolis.

When the race was last staged in 2007, before the four-year omission from the F1 calendar, Hamilton also secured pole position in his debut season.

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