Ultimate Guide to the Formula 1 Austin Grand Prix

Oct 12, 2022


Justin Chaplin

Formula 1 returns to the Circuit of the Americas on October 23rd, 2022 for the highly anticipated United States Grand Prix. This race was previously the only race in the United States before the introduction of the Miami Grand Prix earlier this year.

Whether you’ve already got your tickets and are planning for the weekend or are still on the fence, here’s everything you need to know before attending the Austin Grand Prix. 

How Much Are Austin F1 Tickets?

You can still pick up tickets to the Austin Grand Prix even If you missed the initial sale! You can find Austin F1 Grand Prix tickets on SeatGeek with 3-day passes selling for as low as $275. If you just want to attend race day on Sunday, tickets are even cheaper. Secure your tickets on SeatGeek today!

Austin Grand Prix Weekend Race Schedule

Formula 1 races are a three-day event, starting with practices on Friday and race day on Sunday. Find the below Austin Grand Prix weekend schedule below with Austin’s local timezone.

What Time Do Gates Open at COTA?

On Friday, gates will open at 9:00am. On Saturday and Sunday, gates will open at 8:00am. 

What Time Does the Austin F1 Race Start?

The Austin Grand Prix will start at 2:00pm in Austin’s local timezone. This timezone is 5 hours behind UTC. 

How Long is the Austin F1 Race?

The Austin Grand Prix is 56 laps or 120 minutes if the 56 laps cannot be completed in time.

Austin Grand Prix Weekend Events

A Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend is more than racing, it’s an experience. With tons of concerts, events and fanfare leading up to Sunday’s race, your ticket is essentially getting you into a 3-day festival. The main stage at the Circuit of the Americas is the Germania Insurance Super Stage. Green Day will headline Friday night and Ed Sheeran will headline Friday night. Interpol and Diesel (aka Shaq) will perform Sunday after the race. Check out the full list of performers at the various satellite stages.

In addition to the music performances, there’ll be plenty of on-track entertainment. Pirelli Hot Laps take place on Saturday before Practice Session 3 and Sunday before the race. Here you’ll see F1 drivers take celebrities or journalists out for laps around the track in road sports cars. Also on Sunday, be sure to watch the Driver’s Parade, where all Formula 1 drivers join in a celebratory lap around the track.

Be sure to see the Circuit of the Americas full F1 events schedule before race weekend kicks off.

How to Get to the Circuit of the Americas

There are plenty of options for getting to and from the racetrack. The first thing you should know is all on-site parking at the track requires a pre-purchased pass. At this point, all parking passes are nearly sold out. While you may be able to pick up a pass on a secondary market, the shuttle may be the better option.

Shuttle passes can still be purchased today. You can buy single-day shuttle passes for $35 or get shuttle access for the full 3-day weekend for $100. Austin has dedicated shuttle lanes, newly expanded locations and a fleet of 600 shuttle busses to make it the best option for transportation to the track. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance as prices are higher for same-day purchases. 

There are three shuttle locations for transportation to the Austin Grand Prix: 

  • Downtown Austin @ Waterloo Park

  • Northeast Austin @ Travis County Expo Center

  • Southeast Austin @ Barton Creek Square Mall (Saturday and Sunday only)

If you’re looking to take a Lyft or Uber to and from the track, rideshare services will only be available from the Del Valle High School parking lot. There’ll be complimentary shuttles running to and from the high school to the track entrance.

What to Bring to the Austin GP

The best way to experience a Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend is to arrive early and stay late. Here’s everything you need to have a great experience at the Austin GP: 

  • Tickets for entry

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Rain jacket (if there’s a chance of rain)

  • Bags smaller than 12x12x20 inches

  • Portable phone battery/charger 

  • Ear plugs

  • Refillable water bottle (or one 20oz sealed water bottle is allowed per guest)

  • Phone with the official F1 Race Guide app and COTA app downloaded 

Not sure if an item you wanted to bring is permitted or prohibited? Check out the Circuit of the America’s venue policies.