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What will happen moments before the start of the United States Grand Prix

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If things go his way, Lewis Hamilton will be crowned Formula One World Champion after the United States in Austin, Texas later this month.

At the weekend, Lewis Hamiton took a giant step towards glory after he won the Japanese Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel had to retire.

It leaves the Brit 59 points ahead of his nearest challenger with just four races remaining.

If Hamilton wins the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, and Vettel is lower than fourth, he will clinch the World Championship.

F1 fans will certainly be tuning in to see if Hamilton and Mercedes can finish off the job in America.

However, there’s now another incentive for them to tune in.

That’s because there will be something rather unique happening moments before the race.

Michael Buffer will be on hand to introduce the divers minutes before the lights go out at the Circuit of The Americas. No, seriously.

Of course, Buffer is world famous for his “Let’s get ready to rumble!” catchphrase and his introductions before boxing fights.

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F1's plan before the US Grand Prix

And his legendary voice will be heard on the starting grid ahead of the US GP.

“We are delighted to welcome Michael Buffer as part of our ongoing commitment to our fans to build the entertainment factor in Formula 1,” said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1. 

“We know that the F1 United States Grand Prix is the best place for a globally-recognised star like Michael to take the spectacle to the next level. This is an amazing opportunity, I’ve known Michael for over 30 years and there is no one better: he will elevate the driver brands and shine a light on Formula 1.”

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What Buffer had to say

And Buffer himself is looking forward to it.

"I’ve been involved in some of the biggest sporting events around the world and have introduced most of the greatest boxers of the modern era, and now is my time to introduce the world’s finest racing drivers,” Buffer said.

“They are the stars of the show and I want to introduce them with the energy and adrenalin they deserve before they fire up their engines and get ready to race.”

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Due to Buffer’s involvement, the usual pre-race build-up will start 15 minutes earlier than usual.

“Having received a request from Formula 1, we have made some changes to the current Sporting Regulations for this race only, which will allow more time on the grid with the cars and drivers,” said the FIA’s Race Director Charlie Whiting.

“The period leading up to the start of a Formula 1 Grand Prix is always very spectacular and we are pleased to be able to make it even more exciting for the general public watching both at and away from the track.”

It sure to be an exciting weekend before, during and after the United States Grand Prix.

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