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Lewis Hamilton grabs pole position at US Grand Prix in title bid

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Lewis Hamilton secured the pole position Saturday for the US Grand Prix, where the Mercedes driver could clinch a fifth career Formula One championship.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel must beat Hamilton or stay close to him Sunday if he hopes to push the championship to next week in Mexico City. Vettel was second-quickest on the day. But he’ll start fifth because of a three-spot grid penalty for driving too fast under a red flag during a Friday practice.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 67 points in the championship with four races to go. A fifth career title would tie the British driver with Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio for the second-most championships in Formula One history.

Hamilton has won the US Grand Prix five of the last six years and the last four in a row.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen will start second and Mercedes’ Vallteri Bottas will start third.