Attending our First Formula 1 Race: Tickets & Tips

We have two avid car fans in the house and have been to Monaco but I didn’t have any idea what to expect when attending a Formula 1 race.

After watching the Drive to Survive series, I have been converted to a Formula 1 Fan and when Mr. Suburbia wanted to attend the F1 race, the pinnacle of motorsport at Austin, I enthusiastically joined in on the fun!

Attending Formula 1 Race: Tickets & Tips

Hamilton holds the record for the most wins ever in F1 and is the star of the races. Hamilton along with the Finn Valtteri Bottas (who we saw at our hotel) are the drivers for Mercedes. The race is so close this year between Verstappen and Hamilton as they vie to grab trophy and podium glory.

Attending F1 Race: Tickets & Tips
Hamilton holds the record for the most wins ever in F1.

Formula One Fever & Drive to Survive

Once accessible only to the rich and really famous, the Formula 1 sport was perceived to be somewhat of an exclusive event. That seems to be slowly changing. Mostly thanks to the documentary, Formula 1: Drive to Survive.

The show has been a huge part of why F1 is gaining many new fans of the sport as it dissects the challenges, gossip, camaraderie, and competition among F1 drivers like fan favorite, Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo, Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen and Monaco’s Charles Leclerc.

While we have been to Monaco, catching the F1 race there is a long-time dream of Mr. Suburbia, our inhouse F1 fanatic. Luckily Austin’s COTA is a short drive from Dallas for us. Set on 1,500 acres in the rolling hills just outside downtown Austin, Circuit of The Americas hosts some of the biggest names in racing including the Formula 1 race. Miami is a new addition for 2022.

The Miami F1 race will be run on an exciting new layout (named Miami International Autodrome) at the Hard Rock Stadium complex in Miami which is home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins franchise. Both Austin and Miami are the best F1 races to attend for US-based fans. The next Formula 1 race after Austin is, Mexico City, another fun one!

The F1 racing season typically runs from March to December, with the most historic races held at Monaco, Silverstone in England, Monza in Italy. Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is another great venue where you can experience F1. It is one of the most expensive Formula One circuits. Here is the destination and the schedule for the 2022 races

Formula One racing Destinations & F1 2022 Race Schedule

Mar 20: 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix
Mar 27: 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Apr 10: 2022 Australian Grand Prix
Apr 24: 2022 Imola Grand Prix
May 8: 2022 Miami Grand Prix
May 22: 2022 Spanish Grand Prix
May 29: 2022 Monaco Grand Prix
Jun 12: 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Jun 19: 2022 Canadian Grand Prix
Jul 3: 2022 British Grand Prix
Jul 10: 2022 Austrian Grand Prix
Jul 24: 2022 French Grand Prix
Jul 31: 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix
Aug 28: 2022 Belgian Grand Prix
Sep 4: 2022 Dutch Grand Prix
Sep 11: 2022 Italian Grand Prix
Sep 25: 2022 Russian Grand Prix
Oct 2: 2022 Singapore Grand Prix
Oct 9: 2022 Japanese Grand Prix
Oct 23: 2022 United States Grand Prix
Oct 30: 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix
Nov 13: 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix
Nov 20: 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Photos from CoTA F1 Race in Austin

We could hear the roar of the engines as we entered the Circuit of The Americas. The F2 race was already in progress. As we walked towards the Grandstand, I could see the feverish excitement building up for the final races. The 3 day event had seen record participation this year— 450000 people had attended the race. US fanbase for Formula One is on the rise!

Excited to attend our First F1 Race
Stuck in traffic on the way to the race but we still are all smiles 🙂

There were turkey legs, pineapple drinks, Amy’s Ice Creams, Austin favorite ice cream chain, Shawarma Point, Little Ola, sister establishment of Olamaie (the fried chicken biscuit sandwiches with salted honey butter is phenomenal), had stalls at the race track.

D made a quick stop to check out the University of Austin’s own race car and say hello to the club members.

Engineers and pit crew are such an important part of the race. Fascinating to watch them.
At the CoTA F1 Race in Austin | OutsideSuburbia
Attending our First Formula 1 Race
Attending our first Formula 1 race
Attending our first F1 race
F1 fans on the Grid after the thrilling race in CoTA, Austin
F1 fans on the Grid after the thrilling race in CoTA, Austin.

Tips for attending the F1 Races

Wear comfortable shoes. Racetracks span hundreds of acres of land and you will be walking regardless of where you park or get dropped off.

Familiarize yourself with the track and bring along a small foldable map of the area around the racetrack.

F1 races last from 90 minutes to two hours, often during the most intense sun of the day. Especially in Texas. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is key. You can bring plastic bottles, glass is not permitted. Small tote and light backpacks were also allowed.

Bring or buy protection for your ears. Especially if you are sensitive to sound. F1 races typically reach 140 decibels, right below the level that causes permanent hearing loss. 

Wear something comfortable. You can buy F1 merchandise inside but anticipate long lines. We bought the tees that D and Mr. Suburbia are wearing at our hotel where they had licensed F1 merchants.

Bring an extra mobile phone charger and or batteries for the camera, it is usually a long day

Don’t skim on sun protection. Slather on high SPF sunscreen. Also don’t forget sunglasses, a hat, and a small towel. I even saw people with small umbrellas for sun protection. Smart idea!

Dharin Chandran
This boy has been a fan of fast cars since he was a toddler. He used to drive around the park in a red and while toy Pontiac and went to see the NASCAR races when he was about 4 or 5.

Where to buy F1 tickets & other ticket advice

Getting tickets for the F1 races is easy online. Provided you plan far enough in advance, you can buy them directly from Formula 1 website. If they are sold out you can still find plenty of tickets from vendors such as SeatGeek, Stubhub, and Ticketsmarter.

Attending Formula 1 Race and wondering if they are affordable? You will be surprised that the F1 ticket prices generally range from $100 to $500 and parking passes can cost anywhere from $40 to $400.

Some of the higher-priced F1 experience packages give you more access to drivers, pit crews, suites, and vantage points during race weekend. They make the Formula 1 experience feel exclusive and glamorous. They also can include passes to the closest parking lots to access your seats. If you can afford it, they are worth it!

 A Daniel Ricciardo Fan.

The Paddock Club is a top-tier experience. The pass comes with a lot of bells and whistles and is generally worth the expense. (This year, they had to cancel some of the events due to Covid). You get paddock tours, meet drivers, and even see them at autograph sessions. Races and the courses are different at each destination but the Paddock Club is a standard.

I saw this tip about the Monaco Grand Prix viewing (one of the best F1 race to attend) “The best location is Casino Square, you can book a room at the Hotel de Paris and get access to watch it from the Hotel de Paris, which is complimentary with the room. Which means you have your own Paddock Club with a better view!” Guess that is where we will be if we make it to attending the Formula 1 Race in Monaco next year 🙂

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