2012 US GP COTA F1 Watcher’s Guide – /SHAKEDOWN

After 5 years away from the USA, Formula 1 returns. Leo Parente and ShakeDown present the last /DRIVE pre-race preview before the GP. Leo is joined by Ian Whelan – /DRIVE team member [in the studio] with Paul Hembery – Pirelli Motorsport Director and David Coulthard – F1 racer [via tape] to discuss facts, info, and insights that will make watching the Austin GP a better experience. PLUS, we announce our during-race LiveChat here at www.youtube.com/DRIVE at 1:30P EST, Sunday – Come by to talk with the /DRIVE team. Hear Leo respond to your comments with “Leave me alone I know what I am doing.”

Links –
COTA Preview via F1
COTA Technical Challenges

USGP history
Wiki USGP history

Hembery from Monza

Coulthard at NJGP

Vettel from Montreal 2011


  1. Post By David Stefanowicz

    New Jersey Grand Prix?!

  2. Post By Cliff M

    We've been in 8 different POPULAR race track and AUSTIN COTA has the MOST ADVANCE RACE TRACK (Full fiber optic lines, latest entertainment stuff & the track is in a very big location for more ehancement later on, and MANY MORE GREAT THINGS TO SAY)…
    So, whoever will say that there's a better race track than COTA is JUST trolling or STUPID.

  3. Post By PB

    This guy is an idiot! Track was great. The weather was great. Drivers and fans loved it. COTA hit an out of the park home run.

  4. Post By Max power

    Leo really? Thank you for insulting extremely hard work that Austin, TX did to host F1 at the USGP. COTA girls are the most unique uniforms that the grid has ever seen, part native american dresses that reflects to our past of the US and NOT brands, boring checkered flags and half-naked women (go somewhere else for that). I am fairly disappointed in shakedown.

  5. Post By Amer Huba

    Absolutely professional and funny ish show. You DRIVE guys, with Spinelli, that bold head and Ice cube too, you should be F1 commentators for America. One another guy I have in mind is Peter Windsor. You could combine forces and have 1 a bit bigger total F1 USA hosts! just saying. Regards from Finland.

  6. Post By radomiriz

    Leo get new trousers … a bit short haha. The race was great, the venue looked great (although the last part is a bit fiddly but maybe that helps with overtaking). RBR or one of the other teams needed to do a demo in the centre of Austin. I think there should be three F1 races in the USA. One in the west, the middle (Austin) and the east (hopefully New Jersey – it looks great) and get the F1 drivers on TV more often and make it looks like fun.

  7. Post By Tom Clacey

    "David cool tard" Umm… wut?

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  9. Post By Greg Laguna

    Facebook BLOWS !

  10. Post By EMKM

    @kddpmzh those guys are right. I wasn't totally convinced at first until I had 150 greenbacks banked! Its not hard just answer some market research questions . This is who I used > bit.ly/QqtWUK?=cipdoi

  11. Post By ThizeyT

    The way to get america in F1 fully is an a competitive american f1 driver and a competitive f1 team maybe ford or chevy but before that we need an american f1 driver to do well

  12. Post By Breakfast Burrito

    After watching the coverage of the US GP, I was really impressed with the attitude the BBC, SKY F1, and FOM had toward the track, Austin, and the rest of the United States. I was hoping this was a sign that Europeans were now, or at least becoming better than the stereotypes and slander thrown our way in the past. After reading the comments here, it appears I had hoped for too much.

  13. Post By Breakfast Burrito

    I find it interesting that the world wants one singular view of Americans. I understand it's a generalization, but we realize that stereotypes don't work in the real world or even within our own country, it's time the world realizes that.

    The only explanation that I can think of is that y'all are consistently being fed the image of Americans that you described. I'm not saying there aren't Americans like that, but the US is the most diverse nation in the world. It's time everyone realizes that.

  14. Post By b145701s

    Thank you Leo, after I watched this a couple of days ago i decided to watch the f1 race in america (I've never watched a entire race before) and it was awsome, i loved it and cannot wait till sunday to watch the last race :) thanks for making me start watch f1 :) greetings from sweden ;)

  15. Post By Neil Rathod

    Check out my Silverstone video on my channel

  16. Post By votekyle3000

    I might have gotten CBS/NBC backwards since a CBS sports producer told me about it, but yes, NBC/NBC Sports will cover all the races next season.

    Loved the race, traffic was fine, got in on the shuttle in about half an hour from downtown which is fast, and it took about an hour to get out which is pie. It was a tad dusty, but sitting on turn 16 "grass" I could see turns 1,2,12,13,16,17. Great action.

  17. Post By JoshTheBassist

    "Back and to the left… back and to the left." The JFK routine.

  18. Post By soupie69uk

    Hey Leo, I am in the UK and follow F1. Would love to hear how the US public and papers viewed F1 as I know in the past they have not had much interest.

  19. Post By LeoParente

    It is NBC Sport Network, although i assume a few of the marque races will be on NBC network. Where is 'everyone' getting this CBS BS? Yes, Pirelli was safe with their tires. Did not want to be Michelin Indy OR effect the championship [more than they are already? snark].

  20. Post By Charles Damery

    As Sir Jackie Stewart would say"It was a Great Race!!!" The only problem was the P1 and P3 being at 9 am CST, the track was too cold and the tires were too hard. They should have brought the soft and Super Soft tires. Well live and learn. Can't wait to see how CBS handles the F1 races next year.

  21. Post By drumminham

    "Ralph, now which Baldwin Brother was he"? Freekin Hilarious!!

    SPC Hamilton, Dan
    16'th STB, Warner Barracks
    Bamberg Germany

  22. Post By Tommy Plouffe

    when i think america, i think fat guy, industrie, poor/rich.

  23. Post By RedShiftRider

    Oh, because you're the first and foremost authority on the entire world population, right?

  24. Post By gturner38

    Was the NASCAR schedule announced when the F1 schedule came out? Also, bear in mind that the next weekend is a holiday with a lot of people traveling to family events, so they may not be going to the race. There's also Texas Longhorn football next weekend (on Thursday, but they probably wouldn't have known until the spring). The next issue is the effect on Brazil. They'd either have to push the season into Dec or swap dates, which could have meant the champ. would have been decided.

  25. Post By Thiago xavier da silva

    Drive network you should be more active in facebook

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  27. Post By aqwayne

    Im am sorry but your short jacket really distracted me throughout the video, you were flashing too much white D:

  28. Post By nearlynormal

    Speaking of smokers. Rosberg recently said there is an F1 driver who smokes.Who is it?

  29. Post By BrimHawk

    There must be something wrong with me.

    As I'm watching this, Hamilton just passed Vettel!

  30. Post By Maarten Oosterbaan

    although Kimi managed a pass before!! the esses!! :) great race!

  31. Post By BarikeCheshire

    Great video! One small critique… The monitor showing who is on camera is showing in the window behind Ian's head… I like the new (to me) room decor though!

  32. Post By DimZ

    Totally agree with that.

  33. Post By MrPeanutbc

    First off i personally feel that FOM should have not scheduled the USGP on the last day of a NASCAR Race/ Weekend. I personally feel that it would be a much stronger appeal to the American market if the race would be next weekend. Not only that but insult to injury, both races start at pretty much the exact same time. Hopefully next year they get past the nascar scheduling roadblock.

    Im a big motorsports fan and i don't mind nascar one bit. But my heart does lay with F1.

  34. Post By LeoParente

    Yes, Those decreasing speed esses are very different vs looking at the track map.

  35. Post By Maarten Oosterbaan

    First of all I would like to say COTA looks very nice, the rubbering in is just what it is and I wouldn't complain about it. But as the analysis of the track goes on you mention overtaking at 6….F1 car's don't really like following each other very closely through high-speed corners like those Maggots and Becketts clones (not meant as demeaning but they are what they are) so I don't really see much overtaking after those corners…

  36. Post By Maarten Oosterbaan

    About the GP2/3, I don't think that would probably not work…GP2 Asia hasn't worked. They are way overpriced and only works because they run during the F1 weekends in Europe. Red Bull already doesn't spend time at GP2 and only works with Renault World Series. So yes it would be good to have a decent single seater feeder series. But GP2 will not work in it's current form outside the F1 spotlight.

  37. Post By LeoParente

    So, here's a tip back to you – Tune into tomorrow's LiveChat [here at youtube[dot]/DRIVE] and ask JF about his impressions of Austin, because only he from /DRIVE got to go.

  38. Post By Joe B

    An American driver or an American constructor would help!

  39. Post By Groagun

    Leo, what happened to you in this video? You seemed very scattered and at times unprepared, and what was with that joke up front? I'm the last guy who is politically correct, and I really enjoy dark and mean spirited comedy but that was off side, even for you.

  40. Post By DrJ2042

    Pirelli guy put me to sleep not gonna lie

  41. Post By mzondi1970

    I hope it does well. I went the first three years of Indy and i liked the first year but it was the Schumacher years and its like watching Vettel. You get bored when one dominates. Ive been into F1 for most of my life , sometimes alone it seemed. I just hope it does well. I wanted to go this time but a previous engagements (my anniversary…lol) kept me from going. I hope the world sees what i see. Kick ass world class car racing.

  42. Post By Drummin003

    I get so tired of people who have never been to any of the southwestern states speculating about what it's like. Here's a tip fly down here and experience the SW before you open your mouths.

  43. Post By Ian Whelan


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