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IN WORDS: Expecting a Good Battle with Sebastian and Valtteri – Lewis

IN WORDS: Expecting a Good Battle with Sebastian and Valtteri – Lewis

Lewis Hamilton says he is looking forward to a close battle with Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas, after securing pole position for the United States Grand Prix.

'We're generally stronger in Qualifying'

Lewis scored his 72nd career pole position in Formula One with a 1:33.108 at the Circuit of the Americas - 0.239s clear of title rival Vettel in P2.

While the Silver Arrows were strong in Qualifying, the Brit is expecting some tough competition from the Ferrari man and his team-mate in the race.

"We know we're often good through practice and qualifying but then the races are always a tricky one for us in terms of balance," he said.

"We're not terrible but you would think that we're generally stronger in qualifying than we are in race. That's been the case all year. But I think we're good.

"I think I've got a good set of tyres and I've got a good balance. I'm looking forward to a good race with Sebastian and Valtteri. This is a track where you can follow a lot closer. I don't plan on them getting that close but we shall see."

'It's going down to the wire'

Lewis heads into the US Grand Prix with a 59-point advantage over Vettel in the Drivers' Championship and, while that's a comfortable gap, he isn't taking his lead for granted.

"It's a bit like a game of chess," he said, on the title. "Obviously right now it is check but there's still a long, long way to go. There's still 100 points available.

"Sebastian and his team are going to be working as hard as they can, as are we. Who knows? It's going to go to the wire, I still think.

"In the next four races, I think they are going to give it a great shot and I'm going to do my utmost to try and defend - and not only defend but really maximise and win these races.

"I want to win these races. That's what I'm working towards and naturally, in winning races, points come and Championships are won, so that's what I'm here to do."

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