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82,000 Attend Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix Qualifying In Austin

Updated: Saturday, November 17 2012, 08:24 PM CST

A crowd of 82,710 attended qualifying at the inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Saturday's qualifying decided the order the 24 drivers will line up in for Sunday's race.

Two-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing claim pole position.

Vettel, who leads the drivers’ standings, recorded the fastest lap time of 1:35.657 with fellow World Champion Lewis Hamilton of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes placing second with a time of 1:35.766.  Vettel’s teammate, Mark Webber grabbed position three on the grid with a time of 1:36.174. See a complete list at

There were no major problems reported as thousands of racing fans traveled to the new track.

The race is Sunday at 1 p.m.  Gates open at 7:30 a.m. with pre-race festivities kicking off at 12:30 p.m.  Country music artist Clay Walker will perform a free concert for fans in the Grand Plaza following the Formula 1 race.

The entertainment part of F1 weekend is taking place in Downtown Austin.  Concerts are taking place at the Austin Convention Center and ACL Live.  The free outdoors festival, Austin Fan Fest, is taking place from 2nd Street to 5th Street and from Congress Avenue to Lavaca Street.

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Austin Grand Prix Parking

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Race Schedule

Fri. Nov.16
Practice 1 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Practice 2 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 17
Practice 3 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Qualifying noon

Sun. Nov.18
Race 1 p.m.

Complete Schedule


  • Fri. Nov. 16: Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, Frank Erwin Center
  • Fri. Nov 16: Flo Rida with Cobra Starship, Austin Convention Center
  • Fri. Nov. 16: Juanes, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
  • Sat. Nov. 17: Enrique Iglesias with Nelly, Austin Convention Center
  • Sat. Nov. 17: Lupe Fiasco, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
  • Sun. Nov. 18: The Wallflowers, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
  • Sun. Nov. 18: Official After Party. Ghostland Observatory, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Wailers, DJ Jillian Ann and Tje Austin, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Fri. Nov. 16-Sun.18: 5 stages at outdoor Austin Fan Fest, schedule at
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