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Mercedes pair looking forward to US Grand Prix

ESPN Staff
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Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg are looking forward to US GP © Sutton Images
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Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher are looking forward to forthcoming US Grand Prix in Austin next weekend.

Although Rosberg failed to finish in Abu Dhabi following an accident with Narain Karthikeyan, the German driver qualified an encouraging seventh in the Mercedes and will be keen to build on this performance in Texas. His only chance to see the track has been in the team's simulator in Brackley and Mercedes is expecting a lap time of roughly 1:37s.

"It will be very exciting to race in the USA again and I'm really looking forward to our visit. The United States Grand Prix should be a great event", Rosberg said. "I can't wait to drive on the Circuit of the Americas track for the first time in practice next Friday. I spent some time practising on the simulator at the factory this week so I know what to expect and we are as well prepared as we can be from our simulator work.

"The track looks cool with a great double S section to begin the lap and it looks like there should be some good opportunities for overtaking. We really want to end the season on a positive note so we'll be aiming to score some points next weekend."

Schumacher, who finished just outside of the points in 11th in Abu Dhabi due to a late puncture, is equally as enthusiastic about the Austin venue.

"My wife and I have been big fans of the USA, and also of Texas, for many years so I'm particularly looking forward to the race in Austin." Schumacher said. "I'm really excited to see what kind of track we will find.

"From the pictures and layouts of the circuit that I have already seen, everything looks very good. I think Formula One will put on a good show at the Circuit of the Americas, and naturally I will be giving my best to be a part of that."