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Realty Austin’s F1 Survival Kit

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Formula 1 is finally here! For the last year we’ve been hearing about F1 construction, Circuit of the Americas, and all the ups and downs that the commission has dealt with in getting COTA up and running. Well, now it’s here and Austin will go down on the map as the only city in the U.S. with a purpose-built Formula 1 Racing track. With nearly 100,000 out-of-towners descending upon Austin for race day, we’re here to give you a cut and dry guide on what belongs in your F1 Survival Kit to help get you through Austin’s inaugural F1 weekend.

November 16 – 18 is going to be packed with race activities. Friday through Saturday will feature several races and practice sessions before the United States Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. For those who will be attending F1 for the first time, here are some indispensable items you’ll need for race day:

Ear Protection – Formula One cars pack approximately 700 horsepower, which means that their powerful engines produce a noise up to 145 decibels, loud enough to damage hearing tissue. On top of that, there will be 25 of them in a group. The noise from the Circuit of the Americas will be audible up to 6 miles away from the track. To put that into more perspective, that’s louder than a jet engine at 100’ away, and only 50dB away from the loudest audible sound. Ear protection are a must when attending F1 to keep those ears safe and sound for next year’s race.

In addition to earplugs you’ll also need these indispensable items:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Collapsible Chairs

For a list of prohibited items, which include outside food and beverage, click HERE.

Public Transportation – Circuit of the America’s is located south of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport off of Hwy 130. Traffic predictions are expected to include delays of up to 12 hours!! With 300,000 expected spectators and 35,000 vehicles, it’s best to just avoid the roads altogether if you can. Luckily, COTA is offering shuttle services to and from the track starting at 7am on race weekend. Transport is free for ticket holders and transit is expected to take 40-50 minutes. For more info on the COTA shuttle service, visit’s transportation FAQ page.

The COTA Mobile App – What would any mass public event be without an app? There’s so much going on at COTA F1 weekend that an app-ready mobile device is almost a necessity to keep up with what’s happening around you. The Circuit of the Americas app will feature a 3-D interactive map and a virtual tour of the venue to help fans and patrons navigate the track. This will also be the best source to get the latest information on race stats, events, and news throughout the weekend. To get the app, just search for “Circuit of the Americas” in your phone’s app store.

For more information on the upcoming F1 Weekend including Austin Fan Fest, visit

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