Vettel looking for history in 100th race

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Updated: November 15, 2012

Round 19 of the Formula 1 world championship returns the the United States for the first time since 2007, as Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso continue their quests for a third world championship, at the new $400 million Circuit of the Americas, in Austin Texas.

Vettel, who will be appearing in his 100th race, leads the championship by 10 points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with only 2 races to go, and this weekend in Texas, they will be going head to head in uncharted territory.

Formula 1 travels to some of the most glamorous cities and locations across the world, however this weekend the championship could be won by the German in the scrublands of Texas, a territory more familiar to John Wayne and NASCAR, than the glitz of F1.

The 5.15KM Circuit of the Americas, is another design of German, Hermann Tilke, the man responsible for most of the modern circuits like Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Buddha International, Marina Bay and many more on the F1 calender. The layout and design is taken from some of the greatest circuits from around the world, with more corners above 250km/h than at Spa, and more corners that are less than 100km/h than at the Hungagoring. This will be a severe test of endurance and skill on the drivers, especially considering the closest they would have got to driving the circuit would have been in a simulator.

The stage is set, it could be a championship decider this weekend in Texas. The equation is simple. Two drivers both gunning for a third world championship, Alonso and Vettel. Two races to go, Austin and Brazil. Only 10 points separating the two contenders. Will Vettel win his 27th race in his 100th start, or will Alonso interrupt Red Bull celebrations with his 31st career win and take it to the wire in Brazil?