WATCH LIVE: US GP Race Day from 2p ET on NBCSN, switch to NBC at 2:30p

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AUSTIN – As the Formula 1 season enters its final month, the United States Grand Prix could prove to be a pivotal turning point in the race for the 2014 drivers’ championship.

Lewis Hamilton has performed a remarkable turnaround in events to get himself back on top of the standings after four straight wins, giving him nine for the year and a 17-point lead over teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

However, it was Rosberg who enjoyed the bragging rights after qualifying, securing his ninth pole of the year ahead of Hamilton. With both on the front row of the grid yet again though, the stage is set for a sensational grand prix in Austin.

You can watch the United States Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2p ET today, before switching over to NBC at 2:30p. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

A brake problem for Hamilton throughout qualifying on Saturday meant that he struggled to get to grips with the car in Q3, leaving him in second place on the grid. That said, Rosberg’s final flyer was a terrific lap, fully deserving top spot on the grid at COTA.

Behind the warring Mercedes drivers, Williams once again underlined its credentials as the best of the rest by locking out the second row of the grid. For Valtteri Bottas, qualifying in Austin yielded his sixth top-three start in the last eight races – pretty good going for the flying Finn. He will start just ahead of Williams teammate Felipe Massa.

Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso enjoyed a very average qualifying session once again, finishing fifth and sixth respectively. However, Alonso was pleased with the result in light of his old engine as he saves a fresh one for Abu Dhabi.

Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonado both enjoyed their best qualifying results of the season, but Sebastian Vettel suffered his first Q1 elimination in over five years. However, he never planned to make it through as he will have to start from the pit lane regardless due to a complete engine overhaul.

At the very front though, the championship contenders are set to go toe-to-toe once again. With three races to go, who can take upper hand and win in Austin?

You can watch the United States Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2p ET today, before switching over to NBC at 2:30p. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

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