The Finn has had a steady if unspectacular season to date, currently sitting fourth in the standings, and will head to Texas eyeing the Scuderia’s maiden race win of 2016.
Austin’s Circuit of the Americas is one of the newest on the calendar and Raikkonen admits he is a fan of the track, most notably its changes in undulation.
The 37-year-old admits he is looking forward to the meeting and has tipped this year’s race to be an entertaining affair.
“It’s a nice circuit,” he said. “They put a good design in it, plus it has uphill sections and it’s not just flat. I think it makes it more interesting.
“Obviously it’s possible to overtake during the race but it’s quite a short uphill for this. It helps to slow down the car and with the braking, but the corner is not the easiest one. However, it’s a good circuit for making an exciting race.”
Southampton have announced plans for a two-week tour of China as part of their pre-season preparations for the 2018-19 season.