MAX VERSTAPPEN took pole position for the US Grand Prix ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton.
Defending world champ Hamilton looked to have secured top spot when he took the provisional spot on his final lap.
But Verstappen stormed ahead of him at the death to take the crucial place for what promises to be a massive race in Texas.
The Dutchman finished two tenths clear of his rival.
Sergio Perez was third with Valtteri Bottas fourth – but the Finn will start down in ninth after being hit with an engine penaltry.
Red Bull driver Verstappen, 24, is chasing his first Formula One title and leads the driver standings by just six points ahead of the Brit in the Mercedes
Hamilton, 36, is chasing a record-breaking eighth world title.
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