Valtteri Bottas says he is excited about the prospect of driving at the Circuit of the Americas for the first time in this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

The Williams driver didn't appear in Friday practice for the inaugural race last year and will be making his debut at the circuit in the penultimate race of the 2013 campaign as a result.

Buoyed by news that he will stay with Williams for another season in 2014, the Finn will hope to try and push towards the points for the first time this season and he said he was looking forward to the weekend ahead.

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"I did not drive this track in FP1 last year so this will be a new experience for me but one I'm really looking forward to," he said. "I talked to some of the drivers last year and they were very positive and mentioned how challenging the Circuit of the Americas was.

"There are lots of different types of corners so you will need a well balanced car to get a good laptime. You need a car that changes direction well and doesn't feel too soft as it needs to be very responsive when turning from one corner to the other. There is also a very long back straight so you need to find a good compromise between the level of downforce and drag.

"Turn one looks especially fun to tackle but the main excitement for me will be sector one in general because it has a lot of flowing high speed sections. The fans in Austin were so passionate and loud last year as well, that is my overriding memory, and it will be great to return to the US for a second year."

Team-mate Pastor Maldonado meanwhile said he too was eager to try and score in Texas.

"We made a positive step forward with the car in Abu Dhabi and its feeling better to drive," he said, "so hopefully we can continue making progress this weekend and manage to finish in the points."