Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to pole position at the United States Grand Prix.
It could be a crucial achievement for Hamilton, who needs to beat Rosberg in the race on Sunday to revive his faltering championship hopes.
Hamilton, who was 0.216 seconds ahead, trails by 33 points with 100 available.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo beat team-mate Max Verstappen to third, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.
The race commences at 8pm Nigerian time.
Meanwhile, Hamilton and other leading drivers have backed a decision to forbid a defensive move employed by
Verstappen. Governing body the FIA ruled that if a driver moves while braking for a corner and causes a rival to take evasive action he will be reported to stewards. Hamilton’s views were echoed by fellow world champions Fernando Alonso of Spain, fellow Briton Jenson Button and German Sebastian Vettel, and are shared by most of the other drivers.
The drivers have discussed the issue with FIA F1 director Charlie Whiting several times and he acted after the latest discussion at the Friday drivers’ briefing in Austin, Texas.