Hamilton striving for victory in Austin
9 November 2012 – Lewis Hamilton is aiming to become the first man to triumph at the Circuit of the Americas next weekend, with the venue hosting the first Grand Prix in America since 2007. The McLaren driver, who is leaving for Mercedes in 2013, retired from a comfortable lead in Abu Dhabi and is fully determined to bounce back.
"It’s crazy to think that the last United States Grand Prix was five years ago," said Hamilton. "It’s a race I still remember like yesterday, though – the nervy anticipation as I drove into the Speedway for the very first time, the thousands of supportive fans, and the fantastic car I had beneath me that enable me to take my second grand prix victory in the space of a week. For me, those were incredible, thrilling times.
"I have to admit – I’m absolutely made-up that we’re going back to the States. It’s a fantastic country and a place where our sport truly deserves to be. I think the Circuit of the Americas looks like it could also be the place that modern Formula 1 finally calls home.
"I’ve only driven it on the computer and in the sim, but I think it’s going to be a track that drivers enjoy, which produces some great, close racing, and which fans will quickly love. This is a new circuit, a new challenge and a new opportunity – I’m definitely looking to be the first grand prix winner at the Circuit of the Americas."
Hamilton is currently fifth in the overall championship standings, 12 points ahead of team-mate Jenson Button and 2 adrift of Red Bull rival Mark Webber.