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Lewis Hamilton hopeful of victory after qualifying on the front row
Lewis Hamilton lies fifth on 165 points, 90 adrift of leader Vettel who is closing in on his third consecutive drivers title.

AUSTIN, United States, Saturday November 17, 2012 – Lewis Hamilton will start his penultimate race for McLaren on the front row after he finished second in final qualifying for Sunday’s US Grand Prix.

The 27-year-old, who will drive for Mercedes GP from next season, clocked one minute, 35.766 at the Circuit Of The Americas to finish behind Red Bull’s Vettel who took pole in 1:35.657.

“I came here this weekend to push almost beyond the limit and that approach seemed to work in qualifying. I gave it everything,” said Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents hail from the Caribbean island of Grenada.

The Brit is already out of contention for the World championship after a series of mechanical failures in recent months which left him out of the points.

He lies fifth on 165 points, 90 adrift of leader Vettel who is closing in on his third consecutive drivers title.

Without a win since Monza in early September, Hamilton said he was still keen on reaching the podium on Sunday.

“Hopefully tomorrow is just about getting a good start. It’s so wide in Turn One, I don’t think really much can go wrong there generally,” he mused.

“Obviously I don’t want to get in the way of Sebastian’s race. However, I do want to win, so I’ll try my best to get through cleanly.”

Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber will start on second row alongside Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen, while legend Michael Schumacher of Mercedes and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa will complete the third row. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)

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