- Lewis Hamilton is hoping to win his fourth Formula One title this weekend
- The Brit needs to outscore Sebastian Vettel by 16 points to claim title
- Hamilton was fastest in all three practice sessions for United States Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton edged out championship rival Sebastian Vettel in final practice to continue his hot streak at the United States Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who was fastest in both sessions at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday, finished quickest again on Saturday morning.
The 32-year-old Englishman topped the time sheets, with his best effort of one minute and 34.478 seconds marginally quicker than Vettel’s fastest lap.
Lewis Hamilton was fastest for Mercedes in the final practice session for the US GP
The Brit is hoping to secure his fourth Formula One world championship in Texas
UNITED STATES FINAL PRACTICE
1. Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1:34.478
2. Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:34.570
3. Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:34.692
4. Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:34.755
5. Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 1:35.103
6. Massa (Bra) Williams 1:35.346
7. Huelkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:35.608
8. Sainz (Spa) Renault 1:35.650
9. Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:35.723
10. Perez (Mex) Force India 1:35.802
11. Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:35.965
12. Stroll (Can) Williams 1:36.118
13. Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:36.239
14. Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:36.599
15. Hartley (Nzl) Toro Rosso 1:36.818
16. Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:37.271
17. Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:37.319
18. Wehrlein (Ger) Sauber 1:37.807
19. Grosjean (Fra) Haas 1:37.891
20. Kvyat (Rus) Toro Rosso 1:38.500
Vettel had struggled for pace in practice on Friday, but the four-time champion finished just nine hundredths of a second behind Hamilton to suggest he may be able to take the challenge to his rival later in qualifying.
Hamilton, a winner of four of the five grands prix staged in America, has established a 59-point lead over Vettel in the title race with just four rounds remaining.
He will be crowned champion here on Sunday if he takes the chequered flag and Vettel fails to finish inside the top five.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third in the order in final practice with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth and Max Verstappen fifth for Red Bull.
Sebastian Vettel was less than a tenth slower in final practice at the Circuit of the Americas
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas completed the top three in Texas
Dutchman Verstappen however, is set to start Sunday’s race from the back of the field after being penalised with a 15-place grid drop following an engine change.
Double world champion Fernando Alonso finished 13th for McLaren, one spot ahead of his team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, while New Zealander Brendon Hartley, making his Formula One debut this weekend, finished 15th.
Hamilton and the rest of the grid will now face a four-hour wait until they resume battle after the sport’s American owners took the unprecedented step of moving qualifying back to accommodate a Justin Timberlake concert at the circuit on Saturday evening.
The session to determine the grid will now get under way at 4pm local time – 10pm in the UK – rather than the usual 2pm (8pm UK) start time.