World’s fastest man Usain Bolt is no stranger to speed, but even he is likely to be impressed by a lap with Formula 1 leader Lewis Hamilton.
The F1 star is expected to take the decorated Olympic champion on a lap around the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas track in a Mercedes-AMG road car two hours before the start of Sunday’s US Grand Prix.
Bolt will in return play the role of official starter as he gives racers the go-ahead to begin their formation laps. The race could see Hamilton seal his third championship in four years if he wins on Sunday, and rival Sebastian Vettel finishes sixth or lower. With three races left in the season, the 32-year-old Hamilton is the odds-on favourite to take the checkered flag having triumphed in the US five times before.
The Jamaican will be one of just many celebrities booked for the event as F1, which was acquired by American mass media entity Liberty Media earlier this year, targets broadening its global appeal. Legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer is expected to introduce Hamilton and the rest of the pack one-by-one as they head to the grid ahead of the race. On Saturday global pop star Justin Timberlake is also booked to perform in a concert at the circuit.