What does it take to get an F1 team to Austin? (VIDEO)

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For those involved in the continent-hopping culture of Formula One, logistics can be every bit a battle as winning races.

The effort that teams must put in just to get everything they need to the race track is an enormous one, and the process just gets more complicated when the series goes out of its European base and into places like Circuit of the Americas, which hosts this weekend’s United States Grand Prix (Sun., 2 p.m. ET, NBC-TV and NBC Sports Live Extra).

Luckily for Lotus, they have a very experienced hand in its Race Team Coordinator, Geoff Simmonds. Having worked in almost 250 Formula One events, he is well aware of what it takes to keep a squad running smoothly from one track to the next.

As the team prepared to begin its weekend in America, Simmonds took the NBC cameras into the Lotus garage to explain how everything inside was transported from the Grands Prix in Abu Dhabi and Korea to the Texas hill country.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”