Defending champion Lewis Hamilton has won six races this season, but his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg has been even better, winning nine. As a result, Rosberg has a 33 point lead over Hamilton, who will be desperate to win the United States Grand Prix, which starts with practice sessions on Friday.
All the drivers competing in the United States Grand Prix will get a feel of the track as they will be involved in two practice sessions on Friday, and one on Saturday. Qualifying sessions will also take place on Saturday, while they will have to be at their menacing best on Sunday during the race.
Four races remain before the season comes to an end, and Hamilton will be keen to close the gap with Rosberg by claiming first place in the United States Grand Prix. But that is not going to be any easy against in-form driver Rosberg, who has won four of the last five races. With the champion driver mentality in Hamilton, the British driver will hope to get his A game for the last four races, including the United States Grand Prix .
The United States GP made a comeback in 2012 after a four-year absence, and Hamilton has been brilliant in the Austin circuit, winning three of the last four races. The British driver will be keen to use his previous records in Austin as an inspiration to close the gap on Rosberg.
"Yeah, Austin has always been... America has always been a good hunting ground for me. I've been out here for a week already, so I'm looking forward to fighting again. This is a fantastic track. They did a very good job with the design. It's one of the few of the newer circuits that really allows good overtaking and following of cars, which is always difficult in Formula One," Formula One's official website quoted Hamilton as saying.
"Yeah, I'm here, I know the weather is going to better this weekend, so particularly for the fans that will be great and yeah, I'm excited."
Though the focus will be on Hamilton and Rosberg primarily, one cannot ignore quality competitors like Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. If these drivers are given any space, they can squeeze past them in no time.
Vettel, who has not won a single race this season, finished fourth in Japan Grand Prix in the last race, and the German fancies his chance in the US if things go according to plan.
"Yeah, I think there is always a chance (to win). I think obviously in Japan we did some progress, so that was a positive, but as you said, it was probably was a good summary of our season so far. Nevertheless, I think the most important thing is that we fight, we give everything we have, and it could have been a better in Japan, it wasn't and so we're ready for this race," Vettel said.
With four races left to go, one expects a wonderful finish to the F1 2016 season, and the competition could get really spicy in the remaining spaces, with drivers keen to finish higher on the table.
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United States Grand Prix schedule
First Friday Practice Session: 10:00 a.m. local time, 8:30 p.m. IST
Second Friday Practice Session: 2:00 p.m. local time, 12:30 a.m. IST
Final Practice Session (Saturday): 10:00 a.m. local time, 8:30 p.m. IST
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