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F1 at COTA: All You Need to Know About the United States Grand Prix

Formula One is set to take Austin by storm as the Circuit of The Americas hosts the highly anticipated United States Grand Prix from October 22 to 24. With the F1 drivers' championship heating up...

Formula One is set to take Austin by storm as the Circuit of The Americas hosts the highly anticipated United States Grand Prix from October 22 to 24. With the F1 drivers' championship heating up between the Red Bulls' Max Verstappen and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, the race promises to deliver intense action and high-stakes competition. Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled weekend of racing and entertainment that you won't want to miss.

How to Get Tickets for the Formula 1 Race at COTA

Both single-day tickets and three-day ticket packages for the United States Grand Prix are already sold out. The demand for F1 in Austin is off the charts, reflecting the immense popularity of this global motorsport event.

F1 at COTA An intense battle on the track during the United States Grand Prix

How to Watch the F1 United States Grand Prix

If you can't secure a ticket to witness the action live at the Circuit of The Americas, don't worry! You can still catch the excitement from the comfort of your own home. The 2021 United States Grand Prix will be broadcast on ESPN and ABC. Here's the schedule for the weekend:

  • Practice 1: Friday at 11:30 a.m. CT, ESPN
  • Practice 2: Friday at 3 p.m. CT, ESPN
  • Practice 3: Saturday at 1 p.m. CT, ESPN News
  • Qualifying: Saturday at 4 p.m. CT, ESPN News
  • United States Grand Prix: Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CT, ABC

F1 Schedule in Austin

The Formula One United States Grand Prix weekend is packed with thrilling events, not limited to just the race itself. Alongside the Formula One action, spectators can enjoy NASCAR demos, W Series races, and FIA Formula 4 races. Mark your calendars with the following schedule:


  • 8:30 a.m.: W Series practice session
  • 11:30 a.m.: Formula One Practice 1
  • 12:35 p.m.: NASCAR demo
  • 12:55 p.m.: FIA Formula 4 practice session
  • 3 p.m.: Formula One Practice 2
  • 4:40 p.m.: W Series practice session


  • 10:05 a.m.: FIA Formula 4 qualifying
  • 10:35 a.m.: NASCAR demo
  • 11:10 a.m.: W Series qualifying
  • 11:45 a.m.: Formula One pit stop practice
  • 1 p.m.: Formula One Practice 3
  • 2:25 p.m.: FIA Formula 4 first race
  • 4 p.m.: Formula One qualifying
  • 5:25 p.m.: W Series first race


  • 8:50 a.m.: NASCAR demo
  • 10 a.m.: FIA Formula 4 second race
  • 11:05 a.m.: W Series second race
  • 2 p.m.: Formula One United State Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen during practice A thrilling moment with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen during practice

Parking at COTA for Formula 1

It's crucial to plan your logistics in advance. Parking at the Circuit of The Americas is already sold out, so make sure you have a valid parking pass before heading to the track. Only vehicles with valid parking passes will be granted access to COTA Boulevard during the United States Grand Prix.

Take a Shuttle to COTA for the F1 Race

To avoid the hassle of traffic and parking, COTA recommends utilizing their shuttle service. Shuttles are available from various locations in Austin and have dedicated lanes for a smooth journey to and from the track. You can purchase your shuttle pass online for a convenient transportation option.

For $40, you can take the Front Gate Shuttle, which drops you off right at the front gate of COTA. Board the shuttle at either San Jacinto and East 14th streets in downtown Austin or Barton Creek Square Mall.

Alternatively, you can opt for the Drop & Walk Shuttle, which drops you off within a 10 to 12-minute walk from the Grand Plaza. The shuttle costs either $15 or $20, and you can catch it at one of three locations: Bastrop Memorial Stadium, Guadalupe and 51st streets in central Austin, or Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Take a Helicopter to COTA for the F1 Race

For the ultimate VIP experience, why not skip the traffic altogether and arrive in style? STS VIP Helicopter Services offers air-conditioned Bell Longranger helicopter flights to COTA. Say goodbye to long journeys and enjoy a swift, luxurious ride. Request a quote online to treat yourself to an unforgettable helicopter experience.

Twenty One Pilots, Billy Joel, and Kool & the Gang at COTA

The entertainment doesn't stop with the race. Throughout the weekend, there will be musical performances at five different locations around the Circuit of The Americas. Each night concludes with a concert featuring renowned artists. Check out the lineup for the Germania Insurance Super Stage:

  • Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Twenty One Pilots
  • Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: Billy Joel
  • Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (after the race): Kool & the Gang

For the full entertainment schedule, visit the official website.

The United States Grand Prix at COTA is an experience like no other. Get ready for heart-pounding racing, electrifying performances, and unforgettable memories. Whether you're a die-hard F1 fan or simply looking for an exciting weekend getaway, this is an event that will leave you breathless. Buckle up and prepare for the thrill of a lifetime!