Formula 1 Grand Prix
Formula 1, formerly known as Formula A, dates back to the early days of motorsport. The first world championship was held at the legendary Silverstone Circuit, England, in 1950. Throughout history, the United States Grand Prix has been one of the most popular and has been held in several places including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 2000 to 2007. Just after this year there was no close plan to return to the country, but in 2010, the city of Austin was awarded the Circuit of the Americas for a 10-year contract. .
The land of more than 600 hectares has a track of 5.5 kilometers with 20 laps, which was designed by Hermann Tilke in collaboration with the American firm HKS. It has notable slopes and complicated turns inspired by iconic tracks from the world Grand Prix.
“From the beginning there were some doubts as to whether our project was going to happen, but we had a great team,” said circuit president Steve Sexton. “We embarked on a nine-month journey, we took the race out of complicated logistics, always with a large group of fans.”
Last year there were more than 265 thousand attendees, and this year more are expected. Tickets for all three days include practice sessions on Friday, practice and qualifying on Saturday, and races on Sunday. There are also tickets per day and a camping spot, which includes four general admission tickets to the event for the three days.
Those who are in the main grandstand of the goal will have the advantage of food and drinks in the seats; those in the first corner, atop a dramatic 40-meter elevation, will enjoy a view of downtown Austin; and those in the stadium area, at turns 15 and 16, will get a closer look at the action of the race.
In addition, the first corner is expected to become the favorite corner of the venue. Some similarities of the curves: 3 to 6 – Silverstone Maggots / Becketts; 12-15 – Hockenheim Stadium; and from 16 to 18 – Vuelta Echo del Istanbul Park.
Finally, Sting, winner of the Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe, will offer a concert at The Moody Theater on the eve of Formula 1. But this is not the only performance, from November 14 to 17 there is the Austin Fan Fest by Shell in downtown Austin. The festival is free and will feature six music stages, as well as interactive games and exhibits, a sports area, family activities, and a wide variety of food provided by local restaurants, artisans, and merchants.
Circuit of the Americas
Built especially for Formula 1 racing, the Circuit of the Americas in Austin is a world-class destination for sports and entertainment. It also caters to the most prestigious motorcycle series, including MotoGP, V8 Supercars, ESPN’s XGames Summer Edition, GRANDAM Road Racing, American Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championships.
In addition, there is a large outdoor space for live music called the Austin360 Amphitheater, the largest stage in Central Texas with a capacity for 14 thousand people. There is also the 25-story observation tower with a platform that offers a 360-degree panorama of the circuit, downtown Austin and the Texas Hill Country.