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Formula 1: US Grand Prix this week-end

Round 18 of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship sees the paddock return to the much-lauded Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, following its hugely successful inaugural race last season, formula1.com reports. Last year an excellent opportunistic overtaking move won Lewis Hamilton the inaugural United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas. One of the factors that impressed him most while following Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull RB8 was its phenomenal traction out of corners.
The RB9 that has carried the German to his fourth consecutive world championship already this season is carved from the same stone, but Hamilton will be pushing his Mercedes as hard as he can in Texas as he bids to stop Vettel taking his 12th win of the year and eighth in a row. “Austin is a wonderful track and I really enjoyed being the first winner there in 2012,” says Hamilton ahead of this weekend’s race. “This year it will be a fight to repeat that, but we will be giving it everything we can, especially in the battle to keep ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.”
Mercedes are currently on 334 points, 11 ahead of Ferrari. Fernando Alonso – still suffering some back pain after his ‘flight’ across the kerbs in Abu Dhabi – says he will be doing all he can to put Ferrari back in front of Mercedes, backed by team mate Felipe Massa who arrives in Austin buoyed by a celebratory valediction at Ferrari in Mugello last weekend and this week’s confirmation of his seat at Williams for 2014.
Lotus are mathematically still in with a chance of snatching second place in the constructors’ championship, though the team’s hopes hit a setback with the news that Kimi Raikkonen’s career at Enstone is over.

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