The Circuit of the Americas isn't quite finished yet, and Austin isn't quite ready for the Formula One circus to roll into town. But apparently someone forgot to tell David Coulthard and the Red Bull Racing team.

David Coulthard in AustinLast week we reported on Red Bull's plans to run a demonstration event in downtown Austin over the weekend, but apparently their plans went a little further than that as their veteran driver took one of their F1 cars for a little spin in and around the Texas capital city.

The event included the foreshadowed run along city streets, but also took DC and the team out for a run through a good ol' Texas cattle ranch, and around the site of the grand prix track that is currently little more than a dirt road.

It's not every day you get to see an F1 car go off-roading, much less on a ranch or in America altogether, so check out the videos after the jump as well as the high-res image gallery.




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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome seeing an F1 car on U.S soil. Now bring those suckers over here to the east coast!
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      See all you car crazys out there next year!! Will be the last time my son and I will hear the roar of those rev free V8's!!
      TMTexas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait for November 2012, this is going to be awesome and I'll be there all week.
      nvedamuthu
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's only two words for an F1 car in the dirt: EPIC FAIL
      The Law
      • 3 Years Ago
      Austin blows they should have did it in California.
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        Why? Everyone's leaving Cali, and coming to Texas, where the jobs are.
        Reece Lightning
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        maybe they should do it in arizona, though they'd kick rubens barichello out because he doesn't have his papers
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        Yeah, because California has a LOT of land to give up for a track like this. F1 was looking for a brand new track, not one that was already built. Austin has gigantic pieces of land all over the place. Plus, this is the US GP. How much more American can you get than Texas?
          TMTexas
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Find me the quote where Rick Perry threatened it and I'll concede the point. Bottom line, he never threatened such things but you'd actually have to research it yourself to figure that out.
          Drakkon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          April 16, 2009 (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't ruling out the possibility his state may one day secede from the nation. Speaking to an energetic and angry tea party crowd in Austin Wednesday evening, the Lone Star State governor suggested secession may happen in the future should the federal government not change its fiscal polices. "There's a lot of different scenarios," Perry said. "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot." Do you research yourself. Ironically, despite the lack of ability to use Google search displayed on Autoblog, I think Austin is the perfect city for FIA... I would go to a race in TX, I can't say I would bother to go to CA.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Yeah, how much more 'Merican can you get than Texas, who's governor has threatened repeatedly to secede?!?
        Reparkable
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        Why?
      wlm970fre
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is a nice race car Yeeeehaww!
      wlm970fre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bernie's sandbox....Yeeeehaww!
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think it's a little bit strange infinty is a sponsoring partner while the engines are made by renault...
        Andrew Murray
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        Not that weird when infinty is owned by Nissan and Renault has a considerable stake in Nissan
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        Technically Renault doesn't 'own' Nissan. It is a partnership in which each company purchased equity stakes in the other, though Carlos Ghosn did become the CEO of both entities within the partnership.
        Herodotus
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        Why? Nissan and Renault have a global partnership. Infiniti is the luxury arm of Renault. I fail to see the strange bit here :)
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        Infiniti* How many times can you misspell something that is right in front of you? Infiniti = luxury division of Nissan Nissan = owned by Renault
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bernie's sandbox....Yeeeehaww!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Nano
      • 3 Years Ago
      hi
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG imagine if they merged the off-road, mud-slinging drifting fun of WRC rallying with the bleeding-edge tech of F1.
        mmapying
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        lol i think wrc covered it all
          kevsflanagan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mmapying
          Ok but how about open cockpit and ultra low ground clearance PLUS Rwd only! haha.. I must admit it would be interesting.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Winged Sprints vs. F1 That would be AWESOME!
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