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Formula 1 returns to Austin for the USGP at Circuit of the Americas.  Race weekend starts October 23rd, 2015.  I will be attending this year as a photographer on ground level.  I haven't seen the F1 machines since 2013.  I'll be honest, the change in engine platforms has lessened my liking to them.  But I'm sure once I get there, up close to them, my feelings will change.

 PHOTO COPYRIGHT © GREASE MAN PHOTOGRAPHY © F1 USGP at COTA 2013        Kick off F1 weekend at The Rattle Inn (610 Nueces St).  They're hosting a party thrown by NBC F1 host, Will Burxton.  It  starts at 7pm, ending at 2am.  Definitely a great spot to kick off the USGP weekend!  There will be a cover charge, but don't worry...It's going to benefit Meals on Wheels & the Justin Wilson Children's Fund.  Austin Fan Fest has a packed line-up this year as well.  The music starts Friday, October 31st at 5pm.  4 locations to choose from, so check out the schedule & see who you'd be interested in catching.

PHOTO COPYRIGHT © GREASE MAN PHOTOGRAPHY © F1 USGP at COTA 2013

 

 

Kick off F1 weekend at The Rattle Inn (610 Nueces St).  They're hosting a party thrown by NBC F1 host, Will Burxton.  It  starts at 7pm, ending at 2am.  Definitely a great spot to kick off the USGP weekend!  There will be a cover charge, but don't worry...It's going to benefit Meals on Wheels & the Justin Wilson Children's Fund.

Austin Fan Fest has a packed line-up this year as well.  The music starts Friday, October 31st at 5pm.  4 locations to choose from, so check out the schedule & see who you'd be interested in catching.

 PHOTO COPYRIGHT © GREASE MAN PHOTOGRAPHY © F1 USGP at COTA 2013        On track action begins with Free Practice 1 at 10am, Friday morning.  This is when the teams will put their machines to pavement & work on getting that perfect setup.  Free Practice is vital.  It allows you test out what worked last year.  It allows you to make adjustments to decrease your lap times.  It allows you to make errors when it doesn't really count.  In the world of F1, milliseconds make a difference.  A 2nd practice session starts at 2pm giving teams & drivers another shot at getting ready for Sunday.  Free Practice 3 is set for 10am Saturday morning.  This will be the last opportunity to make changes before going all out during qualifying.  At 1pm, drivers will be let loose on the track to take their shot at claiming pole position.  This is where the 3 practice sessions come to meet.  Hopefully they have done everything right up to this point.  If not, it's possible their hard work & sleepless nights were for nothing.  Sunday is race day at Circuit of the Americas.  The green flag drops at 2pm.  Letting loose thousands of turbo-charged horsepower for the 191.64 mile competition.  Who will take checkered flag this year?

PHOTO COPYRIGHT © GREASE MAN PHOTOGRAPHY © F1 USGP at COTA 2013

 

 

On track action begins with Free Practice 1 at 10am, Friday morning.  This is when the teams will put their machines to pavement & work on getting that perfect setup.  Free Practice is vital.  It allows you test out what worked last year.  It allows you to make adjustments to decrease your lap times.  It allows you to make errors when it doesn't really count.  In the world of F1, milliseconds make a difference.  A 2nd practice session starts at 2pm giving teams & drivers another shot at getting ready for Sunday.

Free Practice 3 is set for 10am Saturday morning.  This will be the last opportunity to make changes before going all out during qualifying.  At 1pm, drivers will be let loose on the track to take their shot at claiming pole position.  This is where the 3 practice sessions come to meet.  Hopefully they have done everything right up to this point.  If not, it's possible their hard work & sleepless nights were for nothing.

Sunday is race day at Circuit of the Americas.  The green flag drops at 2pm.  Letting loose thousands of turbo-charged horsepower for the 191.64 mile competition.  Who will take checkered flag this year?

 PHOTO COPYRIGHT © GREASE MAN PHOTOGRAPHY © F1 USGP at COTA 2013

PHOTO COPYRIGHT © GREASE MAN PHOTOGRAPHY © F1 USGP at COTA 2013