November 12th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- It is a general feeling among all the teams and drivers who are traveling to the US for the Grand Prix this weekend, and the people at Mercedes are not the exception.
It has been five year since the last visit at the Nascar-Indy grounds of the Indianapolis Speedway. Now it is the turn for the new, purpose-built circuit of the Americas at Austin, Texas.
Members of the Mercedes team project an special enthusiasm about racing in the US, a somewhat elusive market for Formula 1.
For Schumacher the visit to the USA brings good memories as he has won the GP in five occasions.
"My wife and I have been big fans of the USA, and also of Texas, for many years so I'm particularly looking forward to the
race in Austin. I'm really excited to see what kind of track we will find and to see if the American fans will embrace our
From the pictures and layouts of the circuit that I have already seen, everything looks very good." Schumacher said.
On the other side, Nico Rosberg was starting his career when he raced in the US Grand Prix back in 2006-07. He retired and finished 9th, so the motivation exists to improve that record.
"It will be very exciting to race in the USA again and I’m really looking forward to our visit. The United States Grand Prix
should be a great event and a real show for our American fans. I spent some time practicing on the simulator at the factory this week so I know what to expect and, as a team, we are as well prepared as we can be from our simulator work.
"The track looks cool with a great double S section to begin the lap and it looks like there should be some good opportunities for overtaking." Rosberg Said.
From the technical standpoint, team's Principal, Ross Brown commented: "visiting a new circuit for the first time is always a significant engineering challenge, and we have been working hard at the factory to prepare for the weekend.
"The team has done over five race distances on the simulator to assess the layout, gradients and G forces. The track layout looks quite varied with a high-speed twisting section in the first sector, elevation changes with an uphill approach to the crest of turn one, and a slower, more technical section at the end of the lap."
This notion is somewhat seconded by Nobert Haug (Mercedes Motorsport Director): "The circuit will provide a real test for the cars and drivers: it’s not a bland venue but rather a demanding layout with significant elevation changes. It contains an extremely demanding first sector, with a challenging series of high-speed corners and, throughout the lap, you can feel echoes of other great tracks around the world."