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Old 11-11-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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Default Countdown to F1's Return to US (Circuit of The Americas Inauagural Thread)

United States Grand Prix November 16-18
Circuit of the Americas
November 16: Free practice 1
10:00 local | 16:00 GMT | 19:30 IRST
November 16: Free practice 2
14:00 local | 20:00 GMT | 23:30 IRST
November 17: Free practice 3
10:00 local | 16:00 GMT | 19:30 IRST
November 17: Qualifying
13:00 local | 19:00 GMT | 22:30 IRST
November 18: Race
13:00 local | 19:00 GMT | 22:30 IRST
A lap around Austin's Circuit of the Americas
Schumacher is enthusiastic about the Austin venue
"My wife and I have been big fans of the USA, and also of Texas, for many years so I'm particularly looking forward to the race in Austin." Schumacher said. "I'm really excited to see what kind of track we will find.

"From the pictures and layouts of the circuit that I have already seen, everything looks very good. I think Formula One will put on a good show at the Circuit of the Americas, and naturally I will be giving my best to be a part of that."
Perez expecting home support in US Grand Prix
Sergio Perez is counting on home support from Mexican fans to deliver a strong result for Sauber at next weekend's US Grand Prix.

The Texan circuit's close location to Mexico has led many Mexican supporters, along with Perez, to describe the Austin venue as their home race.

"I am aware of the great enthusiasm for F1 in my country, so I hope there will be a Mexican Grand Prix one day", Perez said. "But for now, I regard the race in Austin as my home race." "I am very much looking forward to it! I think it is the closest race for eight years for me to my home town of Guadalajara", said the Mexican. "I expect many Mexican Formula One fans to attend and this will give me an extra boost."
Hamilton expects 'close racing' in the USA
Lewis Hamilton is confident the Circuit of the Americas will lend itself to close racing ahead of the US Grand Prix next weekend.

Formula One will return to the USA after six years away when it arrives in Austin next week and its new home will be a Herman Tilke-designed, purpose-built circuit. Hamilton has driven the layout on the McLaren simulator and is confident it will be an interesting track that should encourage close racing.

"I have to admit - I'm absolutely made-up that we're going back to the States," Hamilton said. "It's a fantastic country and a place where our sport truly deserves to be. I think the Circuit Of The Americas looks like it could also be the place that modern Formula One finally calls home. I've only driven it on the computer and in the sim, but I think it's going to be a track that drivers enjoy, which produces some great, close racing, and which fans will quickly love.

"This is a new circuit, a new challenge and a new opportunity - I'm definitely looking to be the first grand prix winner at the Circuit Of The Americas."
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