Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt to be official race starter in Austin

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt has been named the official starter for the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas, joining a star studded ensemble for this weekend’s race in Austin.

Sprint legend, an eight times Olympic gold medalist, Bolt will flag off the Formula 1 field for their formation lap on Sunday.

Bolt will be joined, in the paddock and grid, by Justin Timberlake who will perform a concert at the venue on Saturday, as well as Stevie Wonder who will perform a day later. Famous boxing announcer Michael Buffer will introduce the drivers to fans on race day.

Formula 1 commercial boss Sean Bratches explained, “The USA is, without a doubt, the country where sports events are seen as entertainment that goes above and beyond the purely sporting contest.”

“We want to do something that positions Formula 1 Grands Prix as breaking the boundaries, between sport and a show, thus becoming a unique event that, minute by minute is an unforgettable experience,” added Bratches.