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United States Grand Prix, Preview – Ross: We can’t take anything for granted

United States Grand Prix, Preview – Ross: We can’t take anything for granted

The penultimate race of the 2013 Formula One season, the United States Grand Prix, takes place for the second time at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday 17 November.

“Formula One’s return to America last year was a huge success and we’re delighted to be heading back to Texas for our second visit this weekend. The Circuit of the Americas is a fantastic facility which provides a fitting venue and showcase for our sport in a very important market,” said Ross. “It was very rewarding last year to see the packed grandstands and experience the welcome that we received in the city of Austin.”

Eight of the circuit’s 20 corners are taken at lateral loads over 3G and nine in fifth gear or higher. Last year’s United States Grand Prix was notable for featuring the fewest pit stops (24) of any race of the year.

“The final two race weekends of the season are extremely important for our team and the outcome will determine how our season is judged,” added Ross. “We’ve gained some momentum from two strong weekends in India and Abu Dhabi which consolidated our position in the Constructors’ Championship but we can’t take anything for granted. Everyone at the team has been and will continue to work extremely hard to ensure that we can outperform our rivals and achieve our goal.”

After 17 of 19 races this season, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS have secured 334 world championship points and are placed second in the constructors‘ championship.

“As a team, we have built some good momentum in the past two races, outscoring our direct rivals and showing our determination to hold on to second place in the Constructors’ Championship,” said Toto. “That’s our clear focus and we have been working hard since Abu Dhabi to see how we can give the drivers a more raceable package for the final leg of the season. Nico will be out to maintain his strong finishing record, after two consecutive podiums, while Lewis showed last year that he is very comfortable on this circuit. It will be an intensely hard-fought weekend for the entire team.”

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