The starting grid for Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix has been decided.
As expected, Sebastian Vettel with Red Bull racing has landed the pole position. Following him is Lewis Hamilton with the McClaren team and in third is Vettel’s teammate, Mark Webber.
Vettel is leading in points for the Formula One World Championship and a win Sunday could make him untouchable in Brazil—the last race on the F1 schedule.
"Their reflexes and just that intangible thing makes these guys quicker than everyone else," Vettel fan Paul Manginelli said.
In Formula 1, the starting grid is paramount because it determines the lineup of the 24 drivers during Sunday’s race. The lineup is often an indicator of who will win, unless a vehicle is able to pass another.
It is very difficult for drivers to pass each other in F1 racing, particularly at the COTA course which has tight turns. However, the track was designed for drivers to be able to pass at certain points, especially at turns 11 and 12.
Vettel also won all three practice rounds which wrapped up Saturday morning. He was able to place one minute and 36 seconds clear of Hamilton.
While many in town are standing by the current world champion, thousands of fans made the trip to Austin to cheer for this year’s up-and-comer, Sergio “Checo” Perez.
"It was a bad day today for him, but I know that tomorrow he will do his best," Geraldo Reyes, a Perez fan, said.
Shuttle lines and crowds to get into the track were heavier Saturday then the day before as excitement for race day begins to build.
The U.S. Grand Prix kicks off Sunday at 1 p.m.