Alex Palmer Writes...
Wow......looks like a fun weekend in Austin this weekend, with strong winds and torrential rain on the cards. Off the track, there has been speculation that Red Bull may do a deal with Honda this weekend ( shows you just how low Red Bulls stock has sunk ) for engines next year, and all eyes seem to be on the simmering spat between Kimi Raikkonen and Valteri Bottas after the collision in Russia that ended Bottas race. Then there's also the usual shots of drivers in cowboy hats, and the commentary around whether Hamilton can wrap up the Driver's Championship this weekend ( if he finishes 3 points ahead of Rosberg, and 9 ahead of Vettel, then that's it).

It seems the locals here are not too keen on the race, with local radio callers referring to it as an "...event for international billionaires...." and laughing about the weather forecast. Ticket sales and corporate bookings are down this year, with many of the corporate facilities from previous years missing. But the track is still the same, and the Austin hospitality remains just as warm as ever - this event is still a must-do in my opinion.

Here's an "...only in America..." to finish on. Talking with some friends here, they were looking to book an Uber car - and the Uber app gives you the option to book an Uber Helicopter. Nice (thanks Matt)!!

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4.00 pm
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10.00 am
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Friday 20 October
2.00 pm
Practice 3Saturday 21 October
5.00 pm
Saturday 21 October
11.00 am
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2017 Calendar

RaceGrand PrixRace Day
1AustraliaSunday 26 March
2ChinaSunday 9 April
3BahrainSunday 16 April
4RussiaSunday 30 April
5SpainSunday 14 May
6MonacoSunday 28 May
7CanadaSunday 11 June
8AzerbaijanSunday 25 June
9AustriaSunday 9 July
10Great BritainSunday 16 July
11HungarySunday 30 July
12BelgiumSunday 27 August
13ItalySunday 3 September
14SingaporeSunday 17 September
15MalaysiaSunday 1 October
16JapanSunday 8 October
17United StatesSunday 22 October
18MexicoSunday 29 October
19BrazilSunday 12 November
20Abu DhabiSunday 26 November

2017 Driver Leaderboard

PlaceDriverTeamPoints
1HamiltonMercedes306
2VettelFerrari247
3BottasMercedes234
4RicciardoRed Bull192
5RäikkönenFerrari148
6VerstappenRed Bull111
7PerezForce India82
8OconForce India65
9SainzToro Rosso48
10HulkenbergRenault34
11MassaWilliams34
12StrollWilliams32
13GrosjeanHaas28
14MagnussenHaas15
15VandoorneMcLaren13
16AlonsoMcLaren10
17PalmerRenault8
18WehrleinSauber5
19KvyatToro Rosso4
20ButtonMcLaren0
21EricssonSauber0
22GiovinazziSauber0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

PlaceTeamPoints
1Mercedes540
2Ferrari395
3Red Bull303
4Force India147
5Williams66
6Toro Rosso52
7Haas43
8Renault42
9McLaren23
10Sauber5