Lewis Hamilton will hope to repeat his success of twelve months ago when F1 returns to the Circuit of the Americas this weekend for the United States Grand Prix.

The Briton took victory in the first race at the Texas circuit last year with McLaren and heads into the race weekend this time around seeking to run at the front to aid Mercedes in its bid to wrap up second place in the constructors' championship.

"I'm really looking forward to returning to Austin this weekend," he said. "I love the States and the first race at the Circuit of the Americas last year was such a great occasion, particularly for me as I was lucky enough to win! The enthusiasm and passion from the fans at the new venue was amazing and it was fantastic to see the support at the track and in the city; Austin is such a cool place.

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"The track itself is a lot of fun and a real challenge to get the perfect lap. The high-speed changes of direction combined with the long straights and slower sections make it quite tricky to find the right set-up and balance. We're going into the final two races with one aim in mind and that's to finish second. It would mean so much to everyone at the team and we're determined to achieve it. Hopefully we can start with a strong weekend and some good points in Austin."

Team boss Ross Brawn agreed that the final two races of the season were important for the Brackley-based outfit, with the events in the USA and Brazil set to define how the 2013 campaign is viewed.

"The final two race weekends of the season are extremely important for our team and the outcome will determine how our season is judged," he said. "We've gained some momentum from two strong weekends in India and Abu Dhabi which consolidated our position in the Constructors' Championship but we can't take anything for granted. Everyone at the team has been and will continue to work extremely hard to ensure that we can outperform our rivals and achieve our goal."