The 17th race of the 2014 Formula One season takes place at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, which is home to the United States Grand Prix.
The race comes just days after the news that constructors Caterham and Marussia have gone into administration. However, as the old saying goes, the shows must go on, and all eyes will be on Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as they continue to battle it out for the top spot in the drivers' standings.
Rosberg, who is currently 17 points behind leader Hamilton in the standings, managed pole position in the Circuit of the Americas, with a time of 1:38.303, 1:36.290 and 1:36.067 in Q1, Q2 and Q3 respectively.
And the 29-year-old expressed his delight at securing the pole in Austin.
"Yeah, great day, very happy. It worked out really well, you know. Together with my engineers I really arrived at a car in the end in qualifying that I was happy with, the balance was good," Rosberg told the Formula 1 official website.
The German says he was especially pleased with his performances in qualifying, due to the conditions being challenging.
"It was quite a challenge, because the wind was changing and then this morning the conditions were quite different, a lot colder, so the track was changing all the time and it wasn't that easy to get everything right but in the end we got to a great set-up, a great car, so I'm pleased with that."
However, Rosberg admits that he must not get complacent with his victory in the qualifying and should focus on the main race on Sunday.
"So first place of course today is awesome but you know the race is what counts, so I still need to focus fully on tomorrow and to bring it home," he stressed.
Meanwhile, Hamilton revealed that a problem with the brakes resulted in him finishing second in qualifying, with a time of 1:37.196, 1:37.287 and 1:36.443 in Q1, Q2 and Q3 respectively.
"I really struggled with braking, yeah. When you look at the brake temperatures, the left brake was always around 100 degrees less than the right front brake. It just kept catching. No matter what I did, even if I braked earlier and tried to save it, it would still lock. So that was perhaps where I was losing a lot of the time," the English man told the Formula 1 website.
Elsewhere, Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who finished third in the qualifying with a time of 1:38.249, 1:37.499 and 1:36.906 in Q1, Q2 AND Q3 respectively, expects the race to be very interesting.
"It should be an interesting race. I think especially the guys behind us are going to be really quick and we're now in a good position in the team's championship and it's going to be an important race for us to get good points with both cars. It's not going to be easy. So we will really need to try to get everything right tomorrow," Bottas told the Formula 1 official website.
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Where to Watch Live
Race Start (Sunday): 2 pm local time, 1:30 am, IST, 8 pm BST.
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