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Getting ready for Austin, cowboy hats and all!

Written by: Neil

It's one of our favourite races on the Formula 1 calendar, as the F1 circus makes its way to Austin, Texas for the latest instalment of what has been a thrilling season to date!

Taking place this coming weekend, the Mercedes pair of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will resume their fight for this year's drivers championship, while the rest of the field will be battling for some much-needed points to secure their own position come the end of the season, with just four races to go.

Indeed, no other driver can now win this year's title, after the pair moved far enough ahead of the chasing pack in their last outing at Suzuka that the driver's championship is now solely a race between the Mercedes teammates.

Several high-speed straights and an intricate, winding section from corners one to nine make the Circuit of the Americas a favourite with race fans and the drivers alike, so expect plenty of fireworks when the race weekend gets underway in Austin later this week.

First held here in 2012, the venue has quickly gained a reputation for being a firecracker of an event, with all the hospitality and grandeur of any trip to the Lone Star State.

Americans love Indy Car, but Formula 1 is quickly gaining support among race fans in the US. So expect to see plenty of cowboy hats on show and great support for all the drivers – we'll be donning ours for when the race gets underway this Sunday!

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, added: "Mercedes have really set the standard once again this season and watching Hamilton and Rosberg battle it out for the title is going to make for some fascinating viewing heading into the final rounds."


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