Hamilton Doubles Up
June 16, 2007 | 2:43 P.M. EST
Alonso appeared to be on his way to taking the pole position, leading the first two qualifying sessions, before Hamilton topped him in the third with a time of 1:12.331.
"To be on pole once again within a week is fantastic - I like North America," Hamilton said. "I screamed into my helmet when I got the confirmation from the team of the pole position. It’'s a challenge to come to a track for the first time, and I have learned new things every single corner and every single lap."
Ferrari teammates Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen captured the second row, with Nick Heidfeld starting fifth.
"We cannot be completely happy about this result but we must not be hard on ourselves either," Massa said of his third-place effort. "It would have been difficult to get pole and third place means I will start from a good grid position. We know we can count on a very consistent car in terms of race pace. The start will also play an important part, as will strategy."
BMW-Sauber rookie Sebastian Vettel, who is standing in for an injured Robert Kubica, will start seventh behind a resurgent Heikki Kovalainen in a Renault.
The United States Grand Prix begins at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday.