F1 Countdown: le Schedule
What do you have to look forward to this week, you ask? Well, only an up close and personal view of Formula 1 through me, your friendly, devoted blogger! I can’t wait to tell you guys all about the weekend and let you see it with me. I’ll be on Instagram and Twitter throughout the weekend (or as long each day as my phone battery lasts), and will try to do a recap each evening. Below is our itinerary for the rest of the week. There are a ton of parties throughout Austin, but I probably won’t venture down into that melee. The racing’s the thing.
VIP Pit Walk from 3:05 – 5:00 – Hopefully, I’ll be able to elbow my way through the crowd and get some good shots of the cars. Sometimes it pays to be small.
Practice sessions for F1, Ferrari Challenge and Formula Vintage. I plan to wander all over COTA on this day and try to get photographs from a lot of different vantage points. Because the weekend will be a madhouse.
F1 qualifying! For those of you who don’t know (and, hey, I’m still learning), qualifying determines where a car ends up on the starting grid. It doesn’t, per se, “disqualify” any of the drivers from racing. It just determines their starting order. Which is a very big deal for obvious reasons. This day also includes Ferrari Challenge and vintage racing. Woo hoo!
The purpose of the madness, the reason for the season: the United States Grand Prix. The race begins at 1 p.m. CST, and is preceded by more Ferrari Challenge and vintage racing. The USGP lasts either 56 laps or 120 minutes. I hope we go the full two hours! I believe this will be televised on NBC or NBC Sports; check your local listings and join in the fun!
Then all the race fans go downtown to party, and I head home to get ready for an early morning hearing and a very full workday.