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This season has been a vintage year for Formula 1 racing fans, especially with the return of the United States Grand Prix after a five-year hiatus. Indianapolis previously played host to the sport, but now Austin, Texas, is taking over, complete with a new facility built specifically for the race.
The Circuit of the Americas track promises terrific racing, with several sections inspired by legendary circuits like Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in England. And, while there isn’t an American Formula 1 driver racing at the moment, Sergio Perez’s promising performance at Sauber no doubt will draw many of his fans from his Mexican homeland to see him race. Thousands more from around the world will travel to see the likes of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel do battle.
Austin hosts the penultimate round of the world championship Nov. 16-18 before the teams fly to Brazil for the Prix’s grand finale Nov. 23-25.
São Paulo’s Interlagos circuit is notable for the great drivers who have won there, including hometown hero Ayrton Senna. This year, his nephew Bruno Senna will race for Ayrton’s last team, Williams. With the title chase so close this year, it’s likely to go down to the wire, which means the crowd at Interlagos could get to see the crowning of a new world champion.