After a leave of absense, the premier motorsport returns to the United States for a 56 lap battle around this brand new track in Texas. Here's a map of the circuit: (Larger version: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/Austin_Formula_One_circuit.svg) Turns 3 through 10 represent several quick changes of direction which can catch a driver out if they're not exactly on line (modeled on the Maggots-Becketts-Chapel section of UK circuit Silverstone) followed by a quick run down to a hairpin at turn 11 then a length back straight, followed again by some faster corners before returning the pit straight. The race is crucial in that it could crown German driver Sebastian Vettel of team Red Bull Racing as the 2012 World Driver's Champion - his third such crowning in a row. Here's his pole-position setting lap: The top 10 on the grid for the race is as follows: Pos.No.DriverConstructorPart 1Part 2Part 3Grid 1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:36.558 1:35.796 1:35.657 1 2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.058 1:36.795 1:35.766 2 3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:37.215 1:36.298 1:36.174 3 4 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:37.486 1:36.906 1:36.587 91 5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:38.051 1:37.404 1:36.708 4 6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:37.927 1:37.102 1:36.794 5 7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.667 1:36.549 1:36.937 6 8 12 Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:37.756 1:37.066 1:37.141 7 9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.968 1:37.123 1:37.300 8 10 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:37.537 1:37.011 1:37.842 10 Drivers on the odd side of the grid are advantaged by being on what's termed the "clean" side of the grid - the other side is where bits of rubber from tyres lie scattered about in what's known as "marbles". It affects traction of the line. Given this is a big new circuit and there's a push for Formula 1 to get some traction in the land of NASCAR and oval racing, who would be watching this out of curiosity? Who wants to know anything about the sport before they tune in? Who is instantly suspicious the second there's turns to both the left AND right?