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5 talking points ahead of the US Grand Prix

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F1 Grand Prix of USA - Practice
F1 Grand Prix of USA - Practice

This weekend is the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas where the drivers' and constructors' championship could well be won.

For the fifth year running Formula 1 heads to Austin a track which has so far been dominated by Lewis Hamilton with four wins out of the five races with championship rival Sebastian Vettel winning one in 2013.

The big hill approaching turn 1, the tower overlooking the 900 acre of racing land and Justin Timberlake hosting a festival of an evening the day before the big race certainly makes this grand prix a special one in the F1 calendar.

Get your cowboy hat on and get set for a busy weekend full of possibilities in the world of F1.

5) Carlos Sainz's first drive for Renault

F1 Grand Prix of USA - Previews
Superb in yellow for Carlos

An arrival coming earlier than expected for Carlos Sainz. The Spanish driver agreed to join Renault for the 2018 season in September but earlier this month Sainz agreed to leave Toro Rosso four races before his original planned departure, replacing Jolyon Palmer in the process.

The US Grand Prix sees the 23-year-old drive in the black and yellow livery for the first time but as many question the point of having him on board with only four races remaining this season Sainz mentioned in the press conference that it was essential for him to get prepared with his new team.

Sainz said: "I think it's very important. I wouldn't have minded to finish this season with Toro Rosso but this opportunity gives me a chance to get to know everyone inside the team, get to know my engineers, start to adapt myself to the car and the car to myself.

"From there start a baseline that hopefully these next four races will help for next year. And if I can also help the team score some points that would be amazing."

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