The Circuit of the Americas in Austin looks pretty great with its red, white and blue run-off strips and its big first corner hill, but it looks extra awesome with Mario Andretti at the wheel.

So that's not Mario driving in the outside shots (looks to us like Jerome D'Ambrosio judging by the helmet), but that is a sexy sex sex sexy sex Lotus 79 that the two are driving.


Annoyingly, this video proves that a GoPro can even make a Cosworth DFV V8 sound like shit.

For extra COTA lapping goodness, here's D'Ambrosio in a much faster Lotus-Renault R30 talking us through the track.

Honestly, we can't tell you how happy we are America is getting Formula One races again. Hopefully we'll get to be munching on Wild Bubba's wild game soon.

The Austin GP is less than a month away!