F1 driver Hamilton talks fans, Austin

AUSTIN -- The United States Grand Prix, in its second year in Austin, is once again expected to bring 250,000 people to the Circuit of the Americas track over three days.

The winner of the inaugural Austin race, Lewis Hamilton, is also back in Austin, ready to race again.

I'm really, really excited to be here, said Hamilton, who said he got a great response Wednesday doing some appearances.

We had so many people come, I was really surprised to see so many from Austin, fans, Hamilton said.

However, Hamilton said he was a little upset the hotel that was booked for him isn't downtown.

I was driving to the hotel last night, and we're passing the city, and I'm like, 'what's happening?' said Hamilton. But I'll drive into the city tonight and through the weekend to have dinner and stuff. It's a great, great city.

Hamilton and other drivers gave interviews to the various international media outlets, and crews worked to get the gear and tires ready for the races. Some fans got a chance to walk the track and get a glimpse of teams preparing.

Hamilton said he hopes the weather holds out for spectators.

Well, you never know what's going to happen, but I hope it's dry for the fans, said Hamilton.

His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg said changing weather can be difficult on the team, but that he can't wait to get behind the wheel in Austin.

My favorite part of the track here is probably the first section, its really fast, it's left right, left right, and I'm sure it's incredible to see for spectators, said Rosberg.

Austin is the 18th race of the season. Following the U.S. Grand Prix, the teams will travel to Brazil for the final race.

If you can't make it to the track, go here for a 360-degree view of the track on GoogleMaps Street View.


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