2024 F1 Austin Schedule – United States Grand Prix at COTA

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

US GP schedule 2024

The United States Grand Prix takes place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October 2024 at the Circuit of the Americas. For 2024 the US GP also includes a sprint race. 

Below is the F1 Austin schedule for the race meeting, so you can plan your weekend if you’re visiting in person or know what times to tune in if you’re watching from afar.

Contents

F1 Austin race weekend format

The 2024 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, is one of only 6 events on the F1 calendar this year to feature a sprint race.

The format of sprint weekends has changed for 2024. It’s now as follows:

Friday

  • First practice session FP1 (60 mins)
  • Sprint Shootout – qualifying for the sprint race (45 mins)

Saturday

  • Sprint race (100km)
  • Qualifying session Q1 Q2 Q3 (60 mins)

Sunday

  • Race (56 laps or 120 mins)

The sprint shootout (qualifying) will take place on Friday afternoon to detemine the grid for the Sprint race, which will take place first thing on Saturday.

Qualifying for the Grand Prix will then take place on Saturday afternoon, after the sprint race.

2024 United States Grand Prix start time

The 2024 United States Grand Prix starts at 14:00 local time on Sunday 20th October. The Grand Prix will last for 56 laps of the COTA track layout or 2 hours, whichever is shorter.

F1 Austin Schedule 2024

Below is the 2024 F1 Austin schedule for the United Stated Grand Prix weekend. The times shown below are local circuit times in Texas (Central Time).

Only the Grand prix start time is confirmed at the moment. Everything else is TBC but will be updated here once finalised.

2024 COTA United States Grand Prix Schedule
Friday 18th October
TBC Formula 1 First Practice Session - FP1
TBC Formula 1 Sprint Shootout
Saturday 19th October
TBC Formula 1 Sprint Race
TBC Formula 1 Qualifying (Q1 / Q2 / Q3)
Sunday 20th October
14:00 Formula 1 Grand Prix Race

If you’re interested in the music and artists performing on the stages at COTA across the F1 weekend check out the Austin F1 concert schedule instead.

What time is the Austin F1 race in my country?

The United States Grand Prix at COTA will start at 14:00 local time (CT) on Sunday 20th October 2024, and will last for 56 laps or 2 hours – whichever is shortest.

Below are the time zones for all of the Austin F1 practice, qualifying, sprint and race sessions in a number of different timezones.

The times in light grey italic are still TBC.

If the time has a +1 after it it means it occurs that sessions takes place the next day in that time zone.

Session COTA Circuit
Texas
Central Time
PT ET BST (UK) CEST
(Europe)
AEDT
(Aus)
Practice 1 12:30 10:30 13:30 18:30 19:30 03:30 +1
Sprint Shootout 16:00 14:00 17:00 22:00 23:00 07:00 +1
Sprint 12:30 10:30 13:30 18:30 19:30 03:30 +1
Qualifying 17:00 15:00 18:00 23:00 00:00 +1 06:00 +1
Race 14:00 12:00 15:00 20:00 21:00 05:00 +1

What channel is the United States Grand Prix on?

People tuning in from the UK will be able to watch live coverage of the United States Grand Prix practice, qualifying, Sprint shootout, Sprint race and main grand Prix on Sky Sports F1. You need a paid subscription to that channel, however.

Coverage and pre-race build up usually begins around 60 minutes before the US GP start time.

Free highlights of the race will be available to view  on Channel 4 on the evening on Sunday 22nd October. Check the Channel 4 timetable closer to the weekend for exact timings.

International broadcast information can be found on the official Formula 1 website.

Austin F1 gate opening times

If you’re lucky enough to be attending the United States Grand Prix in person it’s important to know what time to arrive, especially if you want to try and get the best general admission viewing spots.

COTA usually confirms the exact gate opening times for spectators a few days before the event via email and their social media channels. But for reference, below are the 2023 times.

2023 F1 Austin spectator gate opening times:

  • Friday – 8:00am
  • Saturday – 9:00am
  • Sunday – 7:30am 

F1 Austin detailed motorsport schedule

Below is the complete schedule for the on-track action across the 3-day weekend at COTA.

This includes timings for demo laps, F1 team press conferences at the Paddock Club hospitality track and pit lane tours.

It also includes timings of the F1 support races which for the 2023 Austin Grand Prix are the following:

  • Masters Historic
  • Porsche Carrera Cup North America
  • F1 Academy
Friday 20th October
08:15 - 08:55 F1 Academy First Practice Session
09:20 - 09:50 Porsche Carrera Cup North America Practice Session
10:15 - 10:45 Masters Historic Practice Session
11:00 - 11:30 Paddock Club Track Tour
11:00 - 12:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
11:00 - 12:00 FIA F1 Car Presentation
11:30 - 12:00 Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
12:30 - 13:30 FORMULA 1 FIRST PRACTICE SESSION FP1
13:55 - 14:35 F1 Academy Second Practice Session
14:00 - 15:00 Formula 1 Teams' Press Conference
15:00 - 15:30 Masters Historic Qualifying Session
16:00 - 17:00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING
17:00 - 17:30 Formula 1 Press Conference
17:30 - 17:45 F1 Academy First Qualifying Session
17:55 - 18:10 F1 Academy Second Qualifying Session
18:20 - 19:20 Paddock Club Track Tour
18:20 - 19:20 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
Saturday 21st October
08:35 - 09:05 Porsche Carrera Cup North America Qualifying Session
09:45 - 10:20 F1 Academy First Race (12 Laps, Max 30 Mins +1 Lap)
10:55 - 11:20 Masters Historic First Race (20 Mins +1 Lap)
11:30 - 12:00 Formula 1 Team Pit Stop Practice
11:30 - 12:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
11:30 - 12:00 Paddock Club Track Tour
12:30 - 13:14 FORMULA 1 SPRINT SHOOTOUT
13:25 - 13:45 Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
14:10 - 14:50 Porsche Carrera Cup North America First Race (35 Mins +1 Lap)
15:30 - 15:55 F1 Academy Second Race (8 Laps, Max 20 Mins +1 Lap)
17:00 - 17:30 FORMULA 1 SPRINT (19 Laps or 60 Mins)
17:30 - 18:30 Formula 1 Press Conference
18:00 - 19:00 Paddock Club Track Tour
18:00 - 19:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
19:00 - 20:00 F1 Experiences Champions Club Trophy Photo & Grid Walk
Sunday 22nd October
08:35 - 09:00 Masters Historic Second Race (20 Mins +1 Lap)
09:40 - 10:15 F1 Academy Third Race (12 Laps, Max 30 Mins +1 Lap)
10:50 - 11:30 Porsche Carrera Cup North America Second Race (35 Mins +1 Lap)
11:45 - 12:45 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
11:50 - 12:20 Formula 1 Drivers' Parade
12:25 - 12:45 Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
13:46 - 13:48 Formula 1 National Anthem
13:48 - 13:49 Air Display Fly Past
14:00 - 16:00 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX (56 LAPS OR 120 MINS)

Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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