United States Grand Prix
21st – 23rd October 2022
The Circuit of The Americas (COTA) manages to achieve something that few modern F1 circuits do: it has character. Buckets of it. From the red, white and blue run-off areas to the now iconic observation tower, it’s a venue that is instantly recognisable.
This isn’t some generic, copy and paste track that you could pick up and put anywhere. It’s a product of its location and a reflection of its surroundings. The place is dripping in the very essence of American motor racing, standing alongside legendary tracks like Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and Watkins Glen.
And COTA is by no means style over substance. The undulating track delivers an exceptional spectator experience and some of the best views of F1 anywhere.
Besides the race track, there’s Austin, whose funky, alternative vibes present a colourful backdrop. It’s a city that knows how to entertain its guests, and you’d have to be a very picky traveller to not find something to love here in your time away from the track.
It’s rare to have a venue that excels in so many areas and easy to see how the Texas circuit is an instant classic. The US Grand Prix may not be up there with the likes of Spa, Monaco or Monza as a bucket list Grand Prix, but honestly, it should be.
United States Grand Prix F1 Spectator Tips
- Check out some incredible views of the circuit from the top of the observation tower (access: $25).
- Catch-fencing tends to spoil views in the lower rows. Get seats higher up and experience double the value for just a bit more.
- Even if you’ve reserved a seat in a grandstand, take time to walk around general admission areas for a change of scenery and some surprisingly impressive views.
- Most toilet facilities are of the Portaloo variety and are plentiful enough that you won’t need to queue. If you’re looking for permanent restrooms you can find them near turn 1 and turn 15 and in the main grandstand.
Austin has a humid subtropical climate. It is usually over its hottest spell by the time F1 comes to town but you can still expect to see temperatures in the mid 20’s (75 – 80ºF). Weather can change a lot from day to day and the track has very little cover from sun or rain, so be prepared for any conditions.
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