F1 United States Grand Prix: Michael Buffer to introduce drivers

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Michael Buffer, renowned boxing announcer, will introduce each driver before the start of this month's United States Grand Prix (Oct. 19-22) in Austin, Texas. The 2017 Formula One season shifts to the U.S. for the 17th race of the calendar before the year culminates with races in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.  

Buffer has become a household owing to his infamous "let's get ready to rumble" catchphrase that has become synonymous with top-level boxing besides other marquee sporting events. Buffer had done the introductions for the recent mega fights featuring Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor and Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez. Buffer will now lend his iconic voice to Formula One during race day on Sunday, Oct. 22.

According to a press release, each driver will get a unique introduction ahead of the race. Typically, drivers make their way to the grid 30 minutes before a race, to observe the host country's national anthem. However, to accommodate Buffer, the US Grand Prix will begin 15 minutes ahead of schedule.

United States Grand Prix: Buffer will introduce each driver

"We are delighted to welcome Michael Buffer as part of our ongoing commitment to our fans to build the entertainment factor in Formula One. 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 One," Formula One managing director Sean Bratches said ahead of the race at the Circuit of the Americas. 

Meanwhile, Buffer is thrilled to lend his voice to the most popular motorsport in the world. "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. 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."

The 2017 Formula One season moves to the Circuit of the Americas for the United States Grand Prix (Oct. 20-22). Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton has the opportunity to seal his fourth F1 world title. If Hamilton can outscore Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by 16 points, the final three races of the F1 calendar would have little significance.