Lewis Hamilton says he is looking forward to the annual stateside jaunt for the 2014 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, the F1 World Championship leader eager to extend his advantage at the top of the standings over Nico Rosberg.

Heading to Texas on the back of four consecutive F1 wins, which have taken Hamilton past and comfortably clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg into the lead of the overall standings, the British driver takes a 17 point margin for error to the United States with just three races of the 2014 season remaining.

A third visit to the Circuit of the Americas for F1, Hamilton returns to the Austin venue has previously tasted success there by winning in 2012, a result he is keen to repeat this season.

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"We still have three races left to decide the Drivers' Championship - starting in Austin, which is one of the best weekends of the year. A lot of the American side of my family come to the race, plus I won the first ever Formula One Grand Prix at the circuit back in 2012, so it's a special one for me.

"I really enjoy going there and I'm looking forward to another great race - hopefully ending up with another Stetson hat on the top step of the podium!"

Reflecting on his victory last time out in Russia, which in turn helped Mercedes seal the constructors' crown, he says he is proud of the team's achievements in 2014.

"Crossing the line in Sochi was a really amazing moment. To win the very first Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix and help the team achieve the first Constructors' Championship for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish - it couldn't have got much better.

"When I went to the factories in Brackley and Brixworth the week afterwards, the atmosphere was just awesome. Everybody has worked so hard to achieve this title and they all deserve to savour the moment."