Nico Hulkenberg has praised the Circuit of the Americas ahead of its second appearance on the F1 calendar next weekend.

The venue played host to its maiden F1 event last year and was widely praised by teams and drivers alike.

Speaking ahead of his return, Hulkenberg admitted that the venue was one he enjoyed and said he was keen to build on his points finish of twelve months ago, when he secured eighth place with Force India.

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"Austin is a place everyone in Formula One likes, and I certainly like it," the Sauber man 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 tyre 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. Also, Austin as a town is fun. It's not a mega city, but there is a lot to do, and it has good restaurants and a nice atmosphere."

Head of track engineering Tom McCullough admitted that the whole team was looking forward to the American weekend, and said he felt sure that both Hulkenberg and team-mate Esteban Gutierrez would be able to challenge for points.

"The Austin race was a popular addition to the calendar last year, and we look forward to having a large Mexican crowd supporting our team again," he said. "Significant elevation changes throughout the lap always add to the character of a track, with non-more so than the steep entry and exit to the low speed turn one. The rest of sector one is a challenging sequence containing multiple changes of direction at high speed.

"Sectors two and three put a larger emphasis on good straight-line-speed and a car that performs well in lower speed corners. The layout of the track also means overtaking is possible, especially into turns one and twelve. Being new, the track evolution was high last year. It will be interesting to see how the medium and hard tyre compounds perform this year. We have a car capable of scoring points at all types of circuits, and that is clearly our aim for this penultimate race of the season."