The Formula One United States Grand Prix is only days away, and excitement is building around the brand new Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas.
The sport has had a chequered history in the USA. Once upon a time, the majestic Watkins Glen attracted thousands of die-hard fans to western New York state.
A few years later, the cars were trundling around a somewhat uninspiring track laid out in the car park of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Detroit, Dallas, Long Beach, Phoenix and Sebring have also had a go at hosting Grands Prix, with varying degrees of success. The most recent spell—when races were held at Indianapolis from 2000 to 2007—was widely seen as something of a failure.
F1 needs to get it right this time, and everyone involved in the sport is hoping the race will be a huge hit, from the drivers and teams to fans and sponsors.
Earlier in the week I had the opportunity—courtesy of McLaren partner Mobil 1—to speak to 2009 world champion Jenson Button about the return of F1 to the USA.
Here's what we discussed.