Mark Webber just missed out on landing his third pole in four races when he was pipped by teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Webber was quicker after the first runs, and while he improved on his second, a tiny mistake towards the end of the lap made the difference.
“Obviously there are two shots, we both had two sets of options,” said Webber. “The first part of the lap was very good, I was happy with that. Didn’t quite get 19 and 20 as I wanted. If I just repeated what I did initially in Q3 probably it was going to be enough but tried to squeeze a bit more out.
“It’s easy to unload the car a little bit in these conditions, so yeah, sometimes you’re happy that you’ve given your best and you’re on the front row but today one slipped through the fingers.
“But anyway we’re up there and well done to Seb, obviously. He put the three sectors together so… I put two-and-half together and just dropped it in the last sector, so it’s not satisfying when you do that. It’s not your job to do that. Pushing the boundaries, and overall, pretty happy to be there.”
Webber denied that he’s benefiting from being more relaxed, given that he’s so close to the end of his F1 career.
“I don’t think so. I think the tires, when they’re fresh-ish, I can still turn not a bad lap. So, confident we can have a good race tomorrow. It’s a pretty nice circuit with some nice, fast sections at the start. All in all my form this year in terms of pace hasn’t been ridiculous.
“Obviously Seb’s been still pretty strong in qualy overall but we know we’ve performed pretty strong in terms of pace in general. Obviously we’ve lost a huge amount of points for other reasons but want to finish the year strongly and hopefully we can do that again tomorrow.”Circuit of the Americas, Formula 1, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, USGP