Formula One racing will return to the U.S. at November’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. It’s been five years since F1 cars last competed on U.S. soil, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so there’s a lot riding on the success of the event and the enthusiasm of U.S. race fans.
If all goes as planned, a second U.S. F1 race will be added to the Formula One calendar for 2013. Set to take place on a street course in Weehawken, NJ, the event has the potential of giving Bernie Ecclestone his long-desired race in the shadow of New York City.
We say if, since there’s still a fair amount of skepticism over whether or not the course can be completed in time for a June 2013 race. Red Bull Racing remains confident that the event will kick off as planned, so it recently brought the 2011 championship-winning RB7 and driver David Coulthard to New Jersey for a goodwill tour that included the national anthem.
You’ve seen that video, so here’s a new one explaining how difficult it really is to set up for an exhibition run of a Formula One car on city streets. Even with crowd control, there’s some danger of pedestrians walking onto the course, and then there’s the issue of dirt and debris to think about.
Formula One engines don’t run with air filters in place, so any sand, gravel or trash has the potential of getting sucked through the intake plenum into the fragile engine. Worse, Formula One cars generate enough of a vacuum beneath them to lift off and throw manhole covers, requiring them to be tack-welded in place before the car is run.
Even for exhibition runs, it takes an army of personnel to ensure the safe running of a Formula One car on city streets. This video gives you a good feel for the work that Red Bull Racing put into a three-minute video, and we certainly hope it pays big dividends for the future of Formula One Racing in the United States.