Nico Hulkenberg retired on the opening lap in Abu Dhabi, while Paul di Resta claimed ninth place.
“I’ve not spent a lot of time in America so I’m looking forward to being there and seeing some of the country”, said Hulkenberg. “I’ve visited New York before, but that’s as much as I’ve done. I love the people and the culture so I’m sure it will be a fun week. We arrive on Tuesday so that gives us a couple of days to explore Austin before we go to the track”.
“I’ve driven the lap on a simulator so I’ve got the layout in my head. It’s pretty much an average medium-speed track with a lot of elevation changes. Turns three to six are high-speed with lots of change of direction – a bit like Maggotts and Becketts at Silverstone. There are some big stops and some low-speed sections towards the end of the lap too. So pretty much a bit of everything”.
Di Resta admitted that he hasn’t seen much of the new circuit.
“I’ve not done a massive amount, to be honest. I’ve seen some maps of the circuit, but the main preparation will come from my simulator session on the Monday of race week. So I’ll arrive in America with it fresh in my mind”.
Team co-owner Vijay Mallya added that a decision on a team-mate to Paul di Resta in 2013 will be made in due course.
“We have traditionally waited until the end of the season to confirm our line-up and I expect we will stick to this schedule. With the state of the driver market at the moment there is no rush to make an announcement. We have a shortlist and will take our time to make sure we have the fastest drivers available in our cars next season”, he said.