Bolt to launch formation lap at US Grand Prix
17 October 2017 – Eight-time Olympic Gold-medallist Usain Bolt will signal the start of the formation lap at this weekend's United States Grand Prix, as part of Formula 1's plans for an "incredible show" at Austin.
It was confirmed recently that the build-up to the upcoming race at the Circuit of the Americas will be tweaked, with iconic announcer Michael Buffer set to introduce drivers to the grid.
Formula 1 officials announced on Tuesday that Bolt, and legendary singer Stevie Wonder, will be present on the grid, during the lead-up to Sunday's race.
Wonder is set to perform as part of an entertainment package featuring the Prairie View A&M Band and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, alongside the driver presentations.
At the top of the hour, Bolt – who retired from athletics earlier this year – will signal the start of the formation lap.
"The USA is, without a doubt, the country where sports events are seen as entertainment that goes above and beyond the purely sporting contest," said F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches.
"We want to do something that positions Formula 1 Grands Prix as breaking the boundaries, between sport and a show, thus becoming a unique event that, minute by minute is an unforgettable experience."
Meanwhile, the Austin Fan Zone will feature the F1 Driver Fitness Zone, where fans can participate in a four-part challenge, including the recording of biometric data and the assessment of reaction times.
The data will then be presented, where it will be possible for fans to compare their results to the average Formula 1 driver, and can choose whether to share it on social media.