What a week we had after Russia. Being back at Brackley and Brixworth with a Constructors’ Championship title for Mercedes-Benz – the first one ever, of course – and celebrating with all the people I’ve watched working flat-out, day and night for nearly five years to achieve this goal – it was just fantastic. I’m really proud to be a part of this team along with all the great people within it, so it’s great to see them get such a reward for all their efforts. Now, of course, we target a big finish to the season in the final three races. It’s still all to play for in the battle for the Drivers’ Championship and I won’t be giving up the fight until the flag drops in Abu Dhabi. Hopefully we can keep the entertainment going right to the end for the fans out there enjoying the contest. The first step comes in Austin, which is a really cool city and a great race track. I haven’t had the best races there so far, but I’m determined to change that this year.
Austin - In the Cockpit with Nico
The race in Texas is one of my favourite weekends of the year. The track is really cool and has been very well done. It starts off with a massive uphill climb into Turn 1, which is really good for overtaking, followed by a really fast, flowing section that makes up the rest of the opening sector to begin the lap.
In both years that we’ve been so far the turnout has been amazing, with not just North American but also South American fans coming to watch the race and creating an amazing atmosphere. The city itself is also good fun and quite unique, which I really enjoy. It’s a big student city that’s really lively, with loads of nightlife and plenty going on during the day time too, so I’m looking forward to going back there.
It’s an important race also for a major car manufacturer like Mercedes-Benz. It’s great for us to have a Grand Prix in the USA as it’s such a big market, so we’ll be pushing flat-out to do a good job and put on some great entertainment for the crowds.