F1 United States Grand Prix 2014 live: The latest news and updates from Austin as Lewis Hamilton reignites his battle with Nico Rosberg

Keep up-to-date with all the action from the Circuit of the Americas where Nico Rosberg starts from pole ahead of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the United States Grand Prix, brought to you from the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Nico Rosberg starts from pole after a hugely impressive qualifying session which saw him pip his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton leads the Drivers' Championship by 17 points from Rosberg, but with just three races to go the heat is on in texas.

The race has been marred by the no-show of both Caterham and Marussia. Both teams fell into administration last week, and due to their financial restrictions have chose against making the pan-Atlantic trip to the US.

That means there are just 18 cars competing, and only 17 on the grid as Sebastian Vettel must start from the pit-lane after making a complete power unit change before the weekend - his sixth of the season - and subsequently received the penalty before he'd even got into his Red Bull for Friday practice.


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Starting grid:

1 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1min 36.067secs,

2 Lewis Hamilton(Gbr)Mercedes GP 1:36.443,

3 Valtteri Bottas(Fin)Williams 1:36.906,

4 Felipe Massa(Bra)Williams 1:37.205,

5 Daniel Ricciardo(Aus)Red Bull 1:37.244,

6 Fernando Alonso(Spa)Ferrari 1:37.610,

7 Jenson Button(Gbr)McLaren 1:37.655,

8 Kevin Magnussen(Den)McLaren 1:37.706,

9 Kimi Raikkonen(Fin)Ferrari 1:37.804,

10 Adrian Sutil(Ger)Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.810,

11 Pastor Maldonado(Ven)Lotus F1 Team 1:38.467,

12 Sergio Perez(Mex)Force India 1:38.554,

13 Nico Hulkenberg(Ger)Force India 1:38.598,

14 Daniil Kvyat(Rus)Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.699,

15 Jean-Eric Vergne(Fra)Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.250,

16 Esteban Gutierrez(Mex)Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.555,

17 Sebastian Vettel(Ger)Red Bull 1:39.621,

18 Romain Grosjean(Fra) Lotus F1 Team 1:39.679


Jenson Button has a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change and starts 12th.

Daniil Kvyat has a 10-place penalty for using his seventh engine of the season and starts at the back of the grid.

Sebastian Vettel will start in the pit lane because of a complete power unit change.