The Formula 1 caravan managed to recover from a scorching hot weekend in Qatar this weekend, but the next challenge awaits next weekend: the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
Starting this year, the Formula 1 calendar will include no fewer than three races on American soil. Miami has already been checked, Austin and Las Vegas are still on the agenda. The race weekend in Austin forms the backdrop for the fifth sprint race weekend of the season, and is held at the Circuit of the Americas: the first time a Formula 1 race has been held on the 5,513 kilometer track since 2012. The circuit has a total of twenty corners and two DRS zones. Interesting races are often held here because of the elevation difference, fast curves and long straights. The Austin Grand Prix consists of a total of 56 laps, making the race distance 308.405 kilometers.
Fifth sprint race weekend of the season
As it is a sprint race weekend, the show in Austin looks different, just like in Qatar. A free practice session will be held on Friday, after which it will be time to qualify for the Grand Prix on Sunday. The Sprint Shootout and Sprint will be held on Saturday. Sunday is definitely time for the main race. Both the Constructors’ Championship and the Drivers’ Championship have now been decided in favor of Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen, but that doesn’t mean nothing is at stake. Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin and McLaren are still fighting for second place in the final standings.
United States Grand Prix Schedule
The race weekend begins on Friday, October 20. The Netherlands is seven hours later than Texas, which means the first free practice here starts at 7:30 p.m. At 11:00pm it’s time to qualify for the Grand Prix. The Sprint Shootout begins at 7:30 PM on Saturday, October 21, followed by the Sprint Race at 12:00 AM sharp. The United States Grand Prix begins on Sunday, October 22 at 9:00 p.m.
Friday 20 October
7:30 PM: First free practice
11:00 PM: Grand Prix Qualifying
Saturday 21 October
7:30 PM: Sprint Shootout
Sunday, October 22
9:00pm: United States Grand Prix
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