Starting grid for the 2014 United States Grand Prix

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AUSTIN – In just three years, the United States Grand Prix has already firmly established itself as one of the most popular and exciting races on the Formula 1 calendar, and this year’s race in Austin is set to be no exception.

After trailing teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton in all three practice sessions at the Circuit of The Americas, Nico Rosberg pulled the goods out of the bag when they mattered to beat his adversary to pole position on Saturday afternoon.

Rosberg produced a stunning final lap in the last stage of Q3 to edge out Hamilton by three-tenths of a second as the Briton struggled with a brake problem. Nevertheless, he is gunning for his fifth straight victory in Austin this weekend, and will still be a forced to be reckoned with from second place on the grid.

Yet again, Williams put in an impressive display to lock out the second row of the grid, with Valtteri Bottas enjoying his sixth top-three qualifying result in the last eight races. Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso did all that they could to qualify fifth and sixth respectively, whilst both Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonado enjoyed their best Saturdays of the 2014 season to secure a top-10 start.

However, there are a few grid penalties to be applied, shaking up the grid slightly.

FROM THE STEWARDS’ OFFICE

  • Jenson Button drops five places on the grid after changing his gearbox for this weekend’s race in Austin. He falls from P7 to P12.
  • Daniil Kvyat has been hit with a 10-place penalty after using his seventh internal combustion engine of the season. However, as he can only serve three places in Austin, he will drop a further seven next weekend in Brazil.
  • Sebastian Vettel will start the race from the pit lane after Red Bull completely overhauled the engine on his RB10 car. He did however reach the required 107% time in Q1 to ensure that he can start the race.

STARTING GRID FOR THE 2014 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams
4. Felipe Massa Williams
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren
8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
9. Adrian Sutil Sauber
10. Pastor Maldonado Lotus
11. Sergio Perez Force India
12. Jenson Button McLaren
13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
16. Romain Grosjean Lotus
17. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso

PL. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull

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Matt Damon meets the Stanley Cup and learns a new rule

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INDIANAPOLIS — Before waving the green flag for the biggest race in the world, Boston sports fan Matt Damon received an introduction to a hallowed trophy from another pro sport.

The actor enjoyed a visit with the Stanley Cup, which his Bruins will be vying to capture when they battle the St. Louis Blues at 8 p.m. Monday night in Game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals.

“Am I allowed to touch it? Wow,” Damon said.

He then briefly tried to lift it before a quick admonishment that “You can only do it when you win.”

“Oh, that’s fair,” Damon said, adding. “Let’s go Bruins! Come on!”

Watch Damon’s introduction to the Stanley Cup in the video above or by clicking here.