Nico Hulkenberg is relishing Formula One’s return to Austin, Texas, next weekend for the United States Grand Prix, and he believes that it is an event that is universally welcomed by all in the sport.
The German driver is currently trying to secure a seat with Lotus for 2014 after financial problems at Sauber have caused him to become unsettled. Despite the C32 car proving troublesome to begin with, Hulkenberg has recently found his feet and enjoyed a fine run of form that he will be keen to continue at the Circuit of the Americas next weekend.
“Austin is a place everyone in Formula One likes, and I certainly like it,” Hulkenberg said. “The organisers have done a fantastic job in putting an event like this together and making us feel welcome. It’s a great circuit, although last year tire management was a bit tricky because of the nature of the brand new asphalt, oil came to the surface.
“But, in terms of fun, it’s a great track. It’s very quick, has different and challenging corners and a good flow to it. I had a strong result there last year finishing eighth.”
Formula One returned to the U.S. last year after a five year hiatus in what has proven to be a difficult market for the sport to crack. However, with Austin welcoming the F1 community with open arms and the Circuit of the Americas proving to be a hit among drivers, teams and fans, it appears that the outlook is incredibly bright for F1 in the U.S.A.