The first three of the year’s most prestigious races in the United States are all scheduled to be contested by high-performance cars, with the sport’s most expensive championship race scheduled for this weekend, the US Grand Prix at Phoenix.
The sport’s top teams are expected to make a run at victory in both the US GP and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
In addition, the world’s best drivers will take on their closest rivals at the American GP in Michigan, and the championship will be contested on the biggest stage in motorsport.
Who will win?
This will be the first time since 2006 that the US has hosted the world championship, and it will be held at a track owned by the US government, the former home of the Indianapolis 500, in an attempt to bring the sport back to its roots.
The race will be played on the banks of the St. Clair River in Detroit, with spectators watching from boats and in the shade.
But the event’s popularity will be directly tied to the drivers.
After years of underperforming, the drivers and teams are on the verge of winning.
For many, the stakes are as high as ever.
“I think the US is the ultimate test of the American Dream,” said Scott Pye, who was crowned the most recent winner of the USGP in 2015.
A full year of competition has not been easy for the sport, and many teams are struggling to recover from a 2015 season that saw the championship become one of the sports most expensive, while the drivers have had to battle injuries and poor performances. “
There’s going to be an extra layer of pressure on them, and I think there’s a lot of pressure to get that kind of result.”
A full year of competition has not been easy for the sport, and many teams are struggling to recover from a 2015 season that saw the championship become one of the sports most expensive, while the drivers have had to battle injuries and poor performances.
But for many, success will come down to the quality of the cars.
The car manufacturers are not immune from the challenge, either, as Mercedes has been forced to make significant changes to its car this year to make it competitive with the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull.
“It’s really a test of a team’s commitment to the sport and to the community, and to a lot more than just the individual driver,” said Sebastian Vettel, who finished second last year.
“We’re competing with the best teams in the world, and at the end of the day we’re all just doing the best we can.”
The US GP will also be the last race of the season for the likes a Red Bull and Ferrari.
However, with both teams having already made major changes this year, the race will not be a repeat of 2016.
The teams will make up the drivers’ championship at the US, and this is the final race before the season ends.
The final race of 2016 will be this weekend at Phoenix, and for many fans, the grand finale is the most important part of the event.
But this weekend’s race is also likely to bring with it some surprises, as a new car will be introduced to the US series, and even the grandstands will be transformed.
While the US will be home to the top teams, the rest of the world will be looking to see how the drivers of the biggest names in the sport will fare at Phoenix – whether they can compete with the cars of their rivals or whether they will be able to hold their own against the best of the best.
The winner of Phoenix will go on to face the winner of Austin, the winner in the championship’s last race, the champion in the FIA WEC’s world championship in Melbourne, and perhaps, one day, even the winner at the highest level of the game.
With so many teams competing for the championship, it is not clear who will take home the championship.
Will Sebastian Vettori, who will be joined by the two top drivers in the game, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, take home a victory or a series championship?
The first step for the American drivers will be to win a race in Phoenix.
But as for the other drivers, they will need to show that they are worthy of the championship – and that they have the ability to compete with and beat the best in the field.
“The main thing is to try and win the race and to be successful in the next race,” said Hamilton, who had a solid season with the Red Bull in 2016.
“That’s all I care about is the race, and then hopefully one day I’ll be able get a chance to fight for the title again.”