Formula 1 fever to continue in US over weekend

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – The 18th race of the Grand Prix in 2018 Formula 1 will take place in the U.S. state of Texas over the weekend.

The qualifying round will be held in Texas city of Austin on Saturday, and the race will start on Sunday at 1810GMT.

The competition will be held at Circuit of the Americas, a motor racing facility of 5,513 kilometers (3,4 miles) in length, comprising 56 laps.

The leader of the season, Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton won nine races, while Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel was victorious in five races.

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull-TAG Heuer team beat his opponents in two races and Dutch Max Verstappen ranked first in one race.

Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 67 points in the championship.

Four races left in 2018 Formula 1 season, including Sunday's US Grand Prix.

Hamilton needs to outscore Vettel by 8 points in Texas to be crowned champion for the 5th time in his career.

– This season's driver and constructor standings are:

– Top 5 drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain): 331 points

2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany): 264

3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland): 207

4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland): 196

5. Max Verstappen (Dutch): 173

– Top 5 constructors

1. Mercedes: 538 points

2. Ferrari: 460

3. Red Bull: 319

4. Renault: 9

5. Haas: 84

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