Formula One racing takes place on a track, but that’s not where most of the work happens. Each driver has hundreds of engineers, mechanics, and other support staff. Fans in the grandstand may not see them, but they’re responsible for everything that makes the driver’s trip around the circuit possible.

At the United States Grand Prix last weekend, we went behind the scenes at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas. We met the engineers who are constantly testing new aerodynamic designs, the mechanics who pump cooled air into engines to prevent overheating, and the non-partisans on standby with race-ready medical cars.

We’ll have lots more coverage to come, but before you settle in this weekend for the Mexico GP, click through the above gallery for a taste of F1, American-style.

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