The F1 juggernaut is entering the home stretch with just three races to go after the race in Austin, Texas, on Sunday (23 October). Nico Rosberg remains the favourite for the title with teammate and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton 33 points behind in the standings. The German can finish second in every race and secure his first ever F1 Drivers' Championship title.
The British driver though has made the Circuit of the Americas his own after winning three out of the last four races, including the two back-to-back in 2015 and 2015. Hamilton has seen his chances disappear in recent races owing to driver and car problems, and will be hoping to recapture his form in Texas.
The Silver Arrows team clinched the Constructors' title after the conclusion of the previous race in Japan, and are now likely to allow their drivers to race each other without any limitations. Red Bull Racing and Ferrari are battling for second place in the team battle with the former with a clear advantage following strong performances in the last three races.
Ferrari are yet to win this season and will be pushing to do so, while Red Bull will be looking to add to their two wins thus far. They could play spoil sport to the Mercedes duo fighting for the title. Force India and Williams are battling for fourth place on the table with the former holding a 10-point advantage.
All eyes however will be on Hamilton and Rosberg and their battle for the title. The German championship leader has never won on this track, but he is the driver in-form at the moment and has bucked the trend on more than one occasion this season.
Where to watch live
The first practice session of the United States Grand Prix starts at 4pm BST (Friday), with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live coverage in the UK.
Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website. Live coverage of the second practice session starts at 8pm BST.
- Circuit name: Circuit of the Americas
- First F1 Race: 2012
- Circuit length: 5.513km
- Number of laps: 56
- Race distance: 308.405km
- Lap record: 1.39'347 (S Vettel - 2012)
- Most wins: Lewis Hamilton (3)
- 2015 winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2015 pole: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
Drivers Championship review
|3||DANIEL RICCIARDO||AUS||RED BULL RACING||212|
|5||MAX VERSTAPPEN||NED||RED BULL RACING||165|
|8||SERGIO PEREZ||MEX||FORCE INDIA||80|
|9||NICO HULKENBERG||GER||FORCE INDIA||54|