American F1 fans will be able to get into gear early ahead of next year's United States Grand Prix return, as runaway 2011 world championship leaders Red Bull Racing prepare to take to the streets of Austin, Texas in a special demonstration run.
The 2012 US Grand Prix will be held around the all-new Circuit of the Americas, but pending the circumnavigation of the inevitable red tape, Red Bull plans to give fans a sneak preview, as 13-time grand prix-winner turned BBC F1
pundit David Coulthard is set to thrill them with a show car demo for a promotional video on Saturday morning.
“It is exciting that Red Bull, the defending world champion and current points leader, is interested in promoting Austin to its global fan base,” enthused Circuit of the Americas executive vice-president Bruce Knox, according to the Statesman
newspaper. “The event will be directly managed and produced by Red Bull's promotional team, one that has produced many world-class events.”
Indeed, Red Bull has undertaken similar recent demonstration runs in Munich's Olympic Stadium and at the Sochi Speed Festival in Russia, but in order for the Austin initiative to go ahead, it must first be approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The State Preservation Board has reportedly rejected Red Bull's request to film given that commercial advertising is prohibited in the Capitol area, where the event would take place.
Coulthard, meanwhile, has stressed the need for F1 to make a success of its American endeavour this time around, following the ignominious end to the Indianapolis period [see separate story – click here