Lewis Hamilton secured a third straight pole position at the Circuit of the Americas as he came out on top in an epic qualifying battle for the United States Grand Prix.
Mercedes and Ferrari traded fastest sectors throughout the top 10 shoot-out but ultimately, it was the Briton's pace in the final sector on his last attempt that saw him finish on top, posting a new lap record with a 1m32.237s.
Sebastian Vettel finished just 0.061s down in second but his three-place grid penalty from Friday will see the German start fifth and Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen move up onto the front row.
The Finn will also have the advantage of faster tyres having been the only one of the top four to use the Ultrasoft tyre in Q2 compared to the rest on Supersoft.
Valtteri Bottas will have work to do to play his 'wingman' role from third and Daniel Ricciardo will be the last benefactor of Vettel's penalty, moving upto fourth for Red Bull.
Problems for Max Verstappen meant Esteban Ocon could claim the 'best of the rest' position in sixth as the fierce Renault/Haas battle saw Nico Hulkenberg beat Romain Grosjean by just 0.035s in seventh and eighth respectively.
Charles Leclerc produced another strong performance to take ninth for Sauber with Sergio Perez ensuring both 'pink panthers' made Q3 in 10th.
In the other side of the Haas/Renault fight, Carlos Sainz missed out on the top 10 by just 0.002s in P11 and will Kevin Magnussen alongside in 12th.
Verstappen would be the creator of his own demise as the Dutchman broke his right-rear suspension over a yellow sausage kerb on the exit of Turn 15 during Q1 and was unable to make it out in Q2 meaning he will start 13th.
The two Toro Rosso's made it through to the second part of qualifying but engine and gearbox penalties for Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley mean they will drop to the back of the grid.
That promotes Fernando Alonso to 14th as both McLaren's were eliminated in Q1 with Stoffel Vandoorne slowest overall but will start 18th.
Sergey Sirotkin impressively secured the qualifying battle against Lance Stroll at Williams for this season and shall line up 15th with the Canadian.
Marcus Ericsson would end up 1.2 seconds slower than teammate Leclerc as he was knocked out in Q1 ahead of the aforementioned Vandoorne.
The full results from qualifying can be seen below:
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Michael Schumacher 'would be extremely p
Daniel Ricciardo claims Honda fears larg
Robert Kubica claims he is more like a '
UK motorsport chief & F1 teams consider
Mick Schumacher finally confirms joining
Opinion: Charles Leclerc can learn from
Honda identify an ability Mercedes & Fer
Sebastian Vettel could be next 'shock' F
Valtteri Bottas 'fully recharged' ahead
Daniel Ricciardo: Everyone in F1 knows N
Sergio Perez: Esteban Ocon's year as Mer
Max Verstappen heads into 2019 'ready to
Red Bull reveal why Sebastien Buemi was
McLaren post partial glimpse of 2019 car
Toro Rosso willing to sacrifice 2019 sea
Ferrari target shakedown of 2019 F1 car
Renault now ready to 'attack' in quest f
Felipe Massa offers insight into his F1
Robert Kubica: Fernando Alonso's divisiv
Pierre Gasly has a message for Red Bull
Mercedes ties prevented Esteban Ocon fro
Lando Norris brushes off pressure of avo
Ferrari chairman rejects Maurizio Arriva
Early 2019 aero development saw 'big hit
Adrian Newey reinvigorated by Red Bull's
Niki Lauda released from hospital after
Mick Schumacher likely to test 2019 Ferr
Lewis Hamilton will finish his F1 career
Mercedes' Toto Wolff hints at Red Bull t
Daniel Ricciardo joining Renault a year
McLaren & Williams failing because of th
Sergio Perez reveals why he snubbed oppo
Stefano Domenicali linked with Ferrari r
Mercedes boss recalls 'amazing' first me
Max Verstappen now faster than Daniel Ri
Pirelli unfazed by 2021 F1 uncertainty b
McLaren taking measures to improve relia
Esteban Ocon issue simple 2020 F1 ultima
Toro Rosso's 2019 car the first to pass
Max Verstappen enjoys 'constructive' day
McLaren sure Fernando Alonso exit won't
Sergio Perez: Racing Point the best team
Haas still has to 'earn the respect' of
Carlos Sainz already looking for long-te
Formula 1 star Pierre Gasly to partner L
Vietnam's F1 circuit developed using fir
Hockenheim & Monza proved 'things weren'
Honda defiant over claims of setbacks wi
Daniel Ricciardo will boost Renault but
Mick Schumacher knows rushing to F1 woul
Nico Rosberg names one quality Hamilton
McLaren appoint ex-Porsche WEC chief And
Williams: Robert Kubica a 'proper driver
Canadian GP promoter excited by Stroll/P
Ross Brawn: McLaren & Williams 'great te
Michael Schumacher pushed Mercedes to go
Esteban Ocon tips Racing Point to close
Mattia Binotto must deliver championship
Toro Rosso's Franz Tost has simple cure
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Sauber set their target after 'pushing l
Romain Grosjean: Haas 'scaring' Renault
Charles Leclerc a future star but 2019 n
Is the opposition to Hamilton/Schumacher
Sebastian Vettel plays down loss of deve
Charles Leclerc responds to Hamilton nam
Honda bringing Red Bull 'in the region'
Renault obliged to prevent Daniel Riccia
Ferrari confirm Maurizio Arrivabene's de
Valtteri Bottas sees positive outlook fo
Haas wary of 2019 F1 regulations but Wil
Ross Brawn admits growing 'impatience' a
Mercedes hoping potential to match Ferra
Sauber considering shakedown of 2019 car
McLaren sure Liberty will address rise o
Arrivabene out, Binotto promoted to team
Niki Lauda back in hospital after contra
Honda facing two significant problems ah
Williams chief Lowe reveals Ross Brawn's
Mercedes tells Valtteri Bottas what is r
Honda sees great benefit from increased
Lawrence Stroll reveals main reason for
Robert Kubica admits saying no to Ferrar
Nico Hulkenberg: The key area Ricciardo
Kimi Raikkonen not making Sauber predict
Lewis Hamilton never asked for Sochi tea
George Russell: The McLaren decision tha
Jean-Eric Vergne offers his prediction o
McLaren call on Liberty to ignore opposi
Daniel Ricciardo: Verstappen set for 'gr
Michael Schumacher a 'founding father' o
McLaren won't jump to early conclusions
Robert Kubica puts expectations in check
Michael Schumacher's ex-manager explains
Barrichello: The trait Charles Leclerc m
Vasseur: A 'spiral' of events attracted
Michael Schumacher's family reassure fan
Wolff: How 2016 tension led to current H