Jay Leno was down in Austin, Texas over the weekend to enjoy the Formula One United States Grand Prix, but since he’s not your average F1 fan he managed to get a much closer look at the action and some of the parties involved. Thankfully, he was kind enough to film it all for his online series Jay Leno’s Garage.
Leno meets with an executive from the company led by renowned German race track architect Hermann Tilke, which was responsible for the design of Austin's Circuit of the Americas. He then grills an engineer over in the McLaren stable and learns many of the intricacies of an F1 car, using McLaren’s MP4-26 F1 race car from 2011 as the subject. He even gets down on his hands and knees to check the transmission oil.
There’s much, much more in this extra-long episode. To round it off, Leno meets McLaren tester Oliver Turvey and rides shotgun in a McLaren MP4-12C supercar as it drives along the Circuit of the Americas next to an F1 car.