Updated 08/20/2011 04:47 PM
Formula One car peels out on Congress Avenue
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Race fans had the opportunity to check out a Formula One car in action Saturday morning.
The Red Bull Team was in Austin filming a commercial and showing off their F1 car on Congress Avenue, north of the Capitol. Driver David Coulthard revved the engine and took the car for a spin, leaving skid marks on Congress Avenue.
"We do road racing; we don't do the oval-style racing. We believe the new track here in Austin is going to be the best (parts) of all the circuits in Europe, except they’re putting that all in one track," he said.
Formula One is not just about the race. Couthard said Formula One is responsible for many of the advancements seen in the auto-industry.
"What Formula One represents is the latest technology that can be applied to all cars. We have hybrid technology in these cars," he said. “"If you can make it operate in a very tightly confined package like a grand prix car, then fitting it into your family saloon (sedan) is pretty easy in comparison."
Ezra Parlier was barely tall enough to see over the barricade at the event, but he and his father wanted to check out a piece of the action.
“My son wanted to come down and see if he could check it out," Randy Parlier said.
Paul Taylor grew up loving F1 in Europe and will finally be able to share that experience with his son, Allister.
"We live up in Cedar Park. We were just over the moon to hear that Formula One was coming here," Taylor said.
Coulthard says he did not get out of second gear in the few blocks he drove in Downtown Austin, but said he's ready to go full throttle when the park opens in a little more than a year.
Initially slated for June of next year, the first Formula One race in Austin will happen in November of 2012.