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:
Ericsson says Leclerc not only responsib
Alonso: F1 no longer the show that made
Mercedes warn Liberty of tough fight ove
Stroll: I've 'improved well as a driver'
Ricciardo: Abu Dhabi podium would be 'fi
Hamilton expects to raise game against V
Prost: Reaching F1 without financial sup
Hamilton sees greater Mercedes satisfact
Perez: Alonso's plight with McLaren 'sho
Toro Rosso target Albon named on Formula
F1 weekends could be shortened & 'unattr
Mercedes: Baku loss cost Bottas champion
Raikkonen draws Lotus comparison ahead o
Hamilton forced to clarify 'poor' India
Ferrari expecting 2018 loss to motivate
Ricciardo expecting his bad luck 'to dis
Hamilton could face Abu Dhabi engine pen
Sainz rejects idea Verstappen blocked 20
Haas concede defeat to Renault in race f
Honda hopes to 'accelerate' engine gains
Hamilton praises Formula E project but r
Sauber team up with Charouz to launch yo
Brawn: Simulations producing 'tangible'
Alonso hints at more 2019 announcements
Hamilton would add races in historic F1
Hamilton hoping for more battles with Ve
F1 CEO Carey does see path for new manuf
Red Bull don't 'condone violence' but 'd
Kubica & Ocon set to confirm Williams ro
Hartley frustrated by Gasly ignoring tea
FIA rule out changes to weighbridge rule
Bottas: Regularity of defending from riv
Verstappen 'still not able to manage his
Whiting: Hamilton/Sirotkin incident 'an
Whiting: Ocon 'wrong' to fight Verstappe
Raikkonen believes P3 the best he could
Ricciardo: 'Every time we start out of p
McLaren 'confident' Indy 500 plans won't
Red Bull call for Ocon race ban as Verst
Mercedes reveal Hamilton had 'failure im
Vettel gives Brazil race 'one out of ten
Hamilton tells Verstappen: 'You had more
Hamilton 'proud' of Mercedes as double c
Ocon claims Verstappen 'wanted to punch
Brazil GP: Hamilton inherits victory as
Ricciardo jokes 0.002s loss to Max 'more
Alonso & McLaren confirm Indy 500 return
Hamilton blasts 'disrespectful' Sirotkin
Vettel slams FIA weighbridge process aft
Brazil GP: Hamilton beats Vettel to pole
Brazil GP: Vettel sets new lap record in
Ferrari's Clear to have key Leclerc role
Hamilton says 25-race calendar would dri
'Realistic' Verstappen insists Red Bull
Red Bull reveal a Mexico marshal caused
Vettel expects Ferrari progress in Brazi
Williams offer Kubica 2019 seat but Ferr
Red Bull see race potential even if Braz
Brazil GP: Bottas pips Hamilton by 0.003
Brazil GP: Verstappen leads Vettel & Ham
Tyres and two-tier F1 to dominate driver
Verstappen: Mexico anger post-qualifying
Hamilton doubts Bottas would want F1 win
Alonso: McLaren optimistic 2019 car will
Ocon rejecting non-F1 offers to 'stay cl
Massa: Vettel 'more guilty' for 2018 tit
Hamilton to Leclerc & Gasly: 'No substit
Red Bull: 2019 front wings a costly 'sho
Sainz claims Schumacher name alone won't
Bottas: Hamilton's adaptability is his b
Force India: Signs point to Stroll being
Liberty want to 'preserve' classic F1 ra
Williams still getting over 'enormous sh
Hamilton doubts he would have recovered
Brazil step up security ahead of F1 race
Vietnam confirmed for 2020 F1 calendar
Studious Schumacher 'not as crazy' as Ve
Arrivabene: Ferrari still lack winning '
Ferrari CEO admits F1 budget cap 'makes
Mercedes target tyre woes and Constructo
Force India see catching F1's big three
Sainz has no issue with Renault over sig
Ferrari slam 'fake' Binotto rumours aime
Smedley confirms Williams departure afte
Sauber: Don't compare Leclerc to Hamilto
Two prospective manufacturers rule out F
Magnussen claims current cars leave F1 d
Red Bull: Immediate Gasly comparisons to
Vettel: 2018 Ferrari 'strong' but never
Webber fears Renault a threat to Ricciar
Hamilton: Bottas relationship as teammat
Magnussen: Haas should be 'proud' to be
Tombazis: FIA had to 'intervene' with 20
Zandvoort reportedly offered 2020 Dutch
Vettel wants himself & Leclerc to 'work
Mercedes: 'This is the best Lewis Hamilt
Ricciardo confirms participation in fina
Haas fail in bid to overturn Grosjean's
F1 bosses warn of 'step backwards' with
Hamilton believes Alonso made one crucia