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F1 drivers reveal their favourite USA road trip music

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Music and Texas go hand in hand, and hosting a F1 grand prix at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is a perfect way for the state to bring a little live music to one of motorsport’s greatest spectacles.

Austin is known as ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’ and as such this year’s United States Grand Prix will include a special concert by 10-time Grammy winner, singer, musician, and songwriter Taylor Swift.

Swift will be performing on COTA’s Super Stage after the Qualifying session on Saturday October 22nd, and will be joined by two-time Gramy winner The Weekend, who will provide the closing celebrations on Sunday October 23rd.

To get into the spirit of things ahead of the event, some of the F1 drivers were asked to choose their favourite songs to listen to whilst driving out in the USA, and there are some surprise inclusions on the playlist that was complied.

Below are each drivers selections, why not see if you agree with any of them:

Lewis Hamilton:

Wavy – Ty Dolla $ign

Campaign – Ty Dolla $ign

I Want – MadeinTYO


Nico Rosberg:

Beautiful Day – U2

Surfin’ U.S.A. – The Beach Boys

Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon


Sebastian Vettel: 

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

Little Red Corvette – Prince


Kimi Raikkonen:

A Horse with No Name – America

Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

Pikkuveli – PMMP 


Daniel Ricciardo:

Keep the Wolves Away – Uncle Lucius

Stubborn Love – The Lumineers

The Western – Mr. Wives


Max Verstappen:

Billy Jean – Michael Jackson

Thriller – Michael Jackson


Valtteri Bottas:

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) – The Offspring


Felipe Massa:

Happy – Pharrell

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars

Hotel California – The Eagles


Esteban Gutierrez:

All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers

Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts


Romain Grosjean:

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars 

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson


Sergio Perez: 

Vertigo – U2

Viva la Vida – Coldplay

Bailando – Enrique Iglesias


Nico Hülkenberg: 

Hotel California – The Eagles

Surfin’ U.S.A. – The Beach Boys

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones


Daniil Kvyat: 

Whisky in the Jar – Metallica 

Ace of Spades – Motörhead 

Strangers in the Night – Frank Sinatra


Felipe Nasr: 

Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top

L.A. Woman – The Doors 

Even Flow – Pearl Jam 


Marcus Ericsson:

Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd 

Hotel California – The Eagles

Back In Black – AC/DC


Jolyon Palmer:

Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Chain – Fleetwood Mac 


Kevin Magnussen:

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen


There are certainly some interesting choices offered up by the F1 boys, with Valtteri Bottas picking some of my personal favourites! Which tunes would you add to the COTA soundtrack?

Which F1 driver would you be willing to share a car with based on their musical selections? Let us know in the comments below!

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