Lewis Hamilton has edged title rival Nico Rosberg to clinch a pole position finish during the qualifying race for the United States Grand Prix.
The 31-year-old was ecstatic after the finish, and rightly so, knowing full well the extent of the task ahead of him in derailing Rosberg.
The British racer faces an uphill task ahead of Sunday's race in Austin, Texas, with only four races remaining in the season to catch his Mercedes teammate.
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Trailing Rosberg by an unenviable 33 points, Hamilton has certainly moved in the right direction in a bid to retain his championship title.
This track holds historical significance for the world champion, too. The Brit having won three out of his four previous races on the circuit, providing some source of optimism for the veteran driver.
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With only three races remaining after this one - in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi - Hamilton needs to be at the top of his game during the remainder of the season to have any hopes of surmounting the German's mammoth lead at the top.
Rosberg, however, managed to finish second, which means he still poses serious danger for Hamilton.
Red Bull teammates, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen finished in third and fourth position respectively, while Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen occupied fifth and sixth spot.
Jolyon Palmer produced another fine performance as he beat Renault teammate, Kevin Magnussen, making it out of the first qualifying round.
With Force India's Nico Hulkenberg set to join Renault next season, Palmer and Magnussen are engaged in an intriguing contest to retain the other spot in the team.
However, neither of their places are certain.
Jenson Button, who will start the race at 19th spot, has expressed his frustration at being blocked by Renault yet again.
The former world champion said: "I had four cars to overtake in the last sector and the last one(Palmer) saw me really late and was on the racing line, so I had to outbrake him into the last corner."
The British driver added: "So it's disappointing. Renault in the way again, many times in the last couple of races."
Among the spectators was American skier Lindsey Vonn, invited by Red Bull as a guest.
Celebrating her birthday at the Circuit of the Americas, Vonn wished good luck to Hamilton and the Red Bull team on Instagram.
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