(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)
Formula One heads to North America next weekend for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and although the sport should be concentrating on what is to be expected a fantastic race in the Lone Star state the sport has not for the first time been in the news for the wrong reasons.
It was announce on Friday that the Caterham F1 Team had officially gone into administration and will miss the United States and Brazilian Grand Prix. It was announced on Saturday that the Marussia F1 Team will join Caterham on the sidelines for the next two Grand Prix.
Despite the absence of the two teams next weekend, the United States Grand Prix will without doubt be an extremely exciting event after all the circuit is one of the best new circuits on the current Formula One calendar. Formula One made its long awaited return to the United States in 2012 with the event proving to be a massive success.
The city of Austin really embraces the sport when Formula One comes to town which is absolutely fantastic to see. Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo will be doing doughnuts in down town Austin on Thursday in a Red Bull F1 car which would make a certain Homer J Simpson very jealous 'sorry Homer, it's not those sort of doughnuts'
Mercedes head to Austin having wrapped up the Constructors championship in Russia with yet another 1-2 finish. The focus can now switch to the drivers championship. Lewis Hamilton goes to Austin where he won in 2012 for McLaren with a 17 point lead in the championship over team mate Nico Rosberg.
The Circuit of the Americas have continued to do a fantastic job in promoting the F1 race with this as their promotional poster for the 2014 race.
The circuit has a great mixture of his speed straights and tight corners with a Silverstone style Maggots, Becketts section with a a fast in-field section. The circuit has thrown up two extremely exciting Grand Prix and this year's race should be no different.
There is in fact an extra ounce of excitement as it will be the first time that the new generation of Formula One car races in Austin. which will no doubt add an extra challenge for the drivers.
© Ben Johnston 2014