Formula 1 lands in Texas for the 18th round of the 2023 season. Here’s everything you need to know about attending the 2023 United States Grand Prix at COTA on October 20-22!
Formula 1 seems to have finally found a stable stateside home at the Circuit of The Americas. This will be the eleventh running of the United States Grand Prix at the venue, with the Texas circuit having hosted the event since 2012.
Since COTA joined the calendar, Formula 1 has added a further two races in the United States. While the highly-anticipated inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to take place just under a month after the 2023 United States Grand Prix, the inaugural Miami Grand Prix took place in 2022. 2023 is the first time in over 40 years, since 1982, that the United States will stage three races in a single season.
Circuit of The Americas has been almost ever-present on the Formula 1 calendar since joining in 2012, aside from its one-year enforced absence in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The circuit configuration has been a hit with drivers since joining the calendar a decade ago, while the A-list entertainment line-up keeps fans satisfied.
Formula 1’s popularity soared between the 2019 and 2021 races, thanks in part to Netflix series Drive To Survive. While 268,000 attended the 3-day weekend in 2019, 400,000 attended in 2021. That figure grew even higher last year, to 440,000, making the United States Grand Prix the best-attended race of the 2022 season. Attendance is expected to be at a similar level for the 2023 United States Grand Prix.
COTA is located around 30km from downtown Austin, and there’s plenty to check out in the city. From great gigs to great food, there’s a lot to take in. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit on your United States Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.
Heading to COTA for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.
High Attendance Expected at the 2023 United States Grand Prix
Formula 1’s profile has been boosted in the United States in recent years thanks to more easily accessible television coverage, plus the hit Netflix series Drive to Survive. In 2019, the United States Grand Prix was the sixth best attended race of the year, with 268,000 fans passing through the turnstiles during the race weekend. In the last two years, the event has taken the top spot as the best-attended race of the season.
The 2023 United States Grand Prix may well set yet another new record, with demand meaning that the vast majority of tickets are already sold out. Limited numbers of grandstand and general admission tickets remain available if you are yet to secure tickets for the 2023 United States Grand Prix. Ticket packages from F1 Experiences, F1’s official ticket package partner, are also available.
How Much Will a Trip to the 2023 United States Grand Prix Cost?
Grandstand tickets at the United States Grand Prix rank among the most expensive of the season. On average, 3-day tickets are more expensive at only four races – Monaco, Mexico and the other two Grands Prix in the USA in Miami and Las Vegas. However, you certainly get what you pay for at this circuit, with the excellent raised viewing areas on offer at COTA, as well as the extensive concert and entertainment schedule. In 2023, the race in Texas is the eighth most affordable for local fans, with tickets costing around 9% of the average monthly wage.
We estimate that the average fan will spend around $2,000 USD on a trip to the 2023 United States Grand Prix, including 3-day grandstand seats, hotel accommodation for 3 nights, plus daily spending money. Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the United States Grand Prix!
Getting to the Circuit
Circuit of The Americas offers a more traditional trackside set-up which you’d experience at many of the European races. There’s a free bus service to help you get around the outer-perimeter of the track – which can be helpful if you’re keen to experience the action from various vantage points.
With high demand for tickets, we recommend getting to the circuit as early as possible, in order to avoid long queues and to secure the best vantage points – especially if you have General Admission tickets.
Some of the best ways of getting to the circuit include three affordable shuttle bus options, taxi/ride-sharing or driving yourself. More information on transport for the 2023 United States Grand Prix is available in our Getting Around Guide.
Support Races at the 2023 United States Grand Prix
There’ll be three support categories racing alongside Formula 1 over the 2023 United States Grand Prix weekend. Legendary cars will take to the track in two races in the Masters Historic series, while stars of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America series will also be entertaining the crowds. In addition, Formula 1’s new all-female junior series F1 Academy will race at COTA. There’ll be three F1 Academy races taking place over the weekend, with COTA hosting the season finale of the series’ inaugural year.
Formula 1 will be utilising its Sprint weekend format at the 2023 United States Grand Prix, meaning that qualifying for Sunday’s race will take place on Friday. Saturday will be dedicated to the Sprint event, with the 20 drivers qualifying in the Sprint Shootout on Saturday lunchtime, before the Sprint race itself takes place on Saturday evening. The Grand Prix follows as normal on Sunday.
Off Track Entertainment
One of the highlights of the weekend is COTA’s musical line-up. The circuit has secured big name acts in recent years and 2023 is no different, with both The Killers and Queen + Adam Lambert confirmed as headline performers.
The Killers will take to the COTA Superstage on Friday evening, while Queen + Adam Lambert will perform on Saturday. Over 20 further acts will be performing at La Cantina and in the Fan Field across the race weekend. There’ll be plenty more happening in Austin in the days leading up to the Grand Prix, from driver appearances to superstar performances and Formula 1-themed fashion shows. We’ve rounded up the best events to attend here.