2023 F1 Austin Schedule – United States Grand Prix at COTA

2023 Austin F1 schedule US GP

The United States Grand Prix takes place from Friday 20th to Sunday 23rd October 2023 at the Circuit of the Americas. For 2023 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.


F1 Austin race weekend format

The 2023 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 the different sessions across the sprint weekend will be as follows:


  • First practice session FP1 (60 mins)
  • Qualifying session Q1 Q2 Q3 (60 mins)


  • Sprint Shootout – qualifying for the sprint race (45 mins)
  • Sprint race (100km)


  • Race (56 laps or 120 mins)

The qualifying session on the Friday will determine the grid for the start of the Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Sprint Shootout on Saturday morning will determine the grid for the Sprint race on Saturday afternoon.

2023 United States Grand Prix start time

The Sprint race at the Austin F1 weekend will start at 17:00 local time on Saturday 21st October. The race will last for 100km which will be 18 laps of the COTA track layout.

The 2023 United States Grand Prix starts at 14:00 local time on Sunday 22nd October. The Grand Prix will last for 56 laps or 2 hours, whichever is shorter.

F1 Austin Schedule 2023

Below is the 2023 F1 Austin schedule for the United Stated Grand Prix weekend. The times shown below are local circuit times in Texas (Central Time).

2023 COTA United States Grand Prix Schedule
Friday 20th October
12:30 - 13:30 Formula 1 First Practice Session - FP1
16:00 - 17:00 Formula 1 Qualifying - Q1 / Q2 / Q3
Saturday 21st October
12:30 - 13:15 Formula 1 Sprint Shootout
17:00 - 18:00 Formula 1 Sprint Race
Sunday 22nd 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 22nd October 2023, 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.

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
Central Time
Practice 1 12:30 10:30 13:30 18:30 19:30 03:30 +1
Qualifying 16:00 14:00 17:00 22:00 23:00 07:00 +1
Sprint Shootout 12:30 10:30 13:30 18:30 19:30 03:30 +1
Sprint 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 2022 times.

2022 F1 Austin spectator gate opening times:

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

F1 Austin detailed motorsport schedule

In the weeks leading up to the US Grand Prix the circuit and FIA will normally release a detailed motorsport schedule.

This will include timings for all on-track activity across the weekend, including all support race sessions.

Plus it will include off-track F1 activites such as press conferences and driver parades.

In 2022 the support series to the F1 at the US GP were:

  • Masters Historic
  • Masters Endurance Legends

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