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Uphill battle // The championship could be decided over the rolling hills of Austin

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The championship could be decided over the rolling hills of Austin
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The United States Grand Prix this weekend could play host to the championship finale, if Sebastian Vettel puts in a good performance, and Fernando Alonso does not. With just ten points in it, the pressure is on Vettel to do the best he can, and the challenge is increased by it being a circuit unknown to all parties.

Ahead of the race weekend, Vettel said: "The site has natural elevation changes, which promises a fast course with difficult corners for us to familiarise ourselves with. It was also important to the designers that the fans in the stands could see a lot of the track and see the cars for a good amount of each lap."

Meanwhile, teammate Mark Webber isn't convinced that the track layout will make too much difference, saying: "Temperature is very important... You need to have everything working together. I think the layout will not be too bad for us, but temperatures and understanding the tyres will be important."