Hamilton gunning to repeat victory from first Austin outing (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton will be gunning to repeat his victory from the first edition of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas next weekend, as he goes in search of a fifth straight win in 2014.

The British driver has taken this year’s drivers’ championship by the throat after winning the last four races, opening up a 17-point lead over teammate Nico Rosberg at the top of the standings.

With three races remaining, Hamilton could yet clinch the title before the double points finale in Abu Dhabi if he wins the next two rounds and Rosberg hits more trouble.

Hamilton’s record at the United States GP is the envy of the field, being the only repeat winner of the race still in F1. He won the event back in 2007 at the last race at Indianapolis before the five-year hiatus, and then won again in Austin in 2012.

Although he could only finish fourth last year, Hamilton still boasts a very impressive record when racing in the United States, and, if you also factor in his three wins in Canada, North America for that matter.

In this video, Hamilton previews the race in Austin with a lap of the circuit in the Mercedes simulator, talking us through the challenges posed by COTA and why it is such a special event for him.

Matt Damon meets the Stanley Cup and learns a new rule

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INDIANAPOLIS — Before waving the green flag for the biggest race in the world, Boston sports fan Matt Damon received an introduction to a hallowed trophy from another pro sport.

The actor enjoyed a visit with the Stanley Cup, which his Bruins will be vying to capture when they battle the St. Louis Blues at 8 p.m. Monday night in Game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals.

“Am I allowed to touch it? Wow,” Damon said.

He then briefly tried to lift it before a quick admonishment that “You can only do it when you win.”

“Oh, that’s fair,” Damon said, adding. “Let’s go Bruins! Come on!”

Watch Damon’s introduction to the Stanley Cup in the video above or by clicking here.