Every date you need to know about in October

Published on
01 Oct 2023
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With three F1 stops in four weekends, there’s plenty to get excited about in the month of October

Things feel strangely quiet in Grove after a double helping of back-to-back race weekends since the summer break that had us nearly double our 2023 points tally.
October's first half begins with a single grand prix weekend in Qatar when we return to the Lusail International Circuit.
The respite is short-lived, though, with that Middle Eastern trip representing a deep breath before the US Grand Prix kicks off a triple-header of races across the Americas.
Here's our rundown of what you have to look forward to this upcoming month from Williams Racing.
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October 6th-8th - Qatar

Qatar returns to the calendar after the nation made its Formula 1 debut in 2021 when it stepped in for the cancelled Australian GP.
Tyre failures underneath the Lusail lights dominated the maiden event, as both FW43s plus Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris suffered front-left punctures.
That shouldn't be a concern in our next Qatari race, though, as we are set for a 100 km dash to the line on Saturday the 7th as the Sprint Race makes the first of two October appearances.
Unlike Sprint's other 2023 events at Baku, Spielberg, and Spa, teams don't possess years' worth of data on the Qatar track.
That goes double for us as Alex and Logan will make their first trip to the circuit — so we'll need to cram as much as possible into the only Free Practice session on Friday the 6th
In case you missed 2023's updated Sprint format, Saturday will be a self-contained day featuring a Sprint Shootout that serves as a qualifying session solely for Sprint.
The second Qatar Grand Prix in F1 history will follow on Sunday the 8th, with Friday's qualifying session determining the grid for the 57-lap race.

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October 20th-22nd - Austin

It's a second trip to the USA that begins the busy 2023 triple-header and a second consecutive Sprint race for October.
After racing around Sarge's home streets in Miami, Florida, it's the turn of the perpetually 'weird' (their description, not ours) Austin, Texas, to host F1.
We love heading to Texas, and it's not just the scintillating Circuit of the Americas that makes our trips so much fun.
The growing love for F1 from the fans is evident year after year, and we're so proud to race the only car that will feature the Stars and Stripes, thanks to Sarge.
Competitive action will begin on Friday the 20th when qualifying begins, and Somebody Told Me to head to the stage on the back straight to see The Killers performing later that evening.
America's first taste of Sprint comes on Saturday the 21st for a blockbuster day featuring Sprint Shootout and the Sprint race during the day, plus Queen + Adam Lambert rocking out at night.
Sunday the 22nd is when the full-scoring points will come, though, and COTA always creates remarkable races. We're sure 2023 will be no exception.

October 27th-29th - Mexico City

The high-altitude race around the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez rounds out our October when we head to Mexico City.
After two Sprint races, it's a return to the standard FP1 and FP2 running on Friday the 27th, where we'll look to finesse our aerodynamic setup in the thin air.
There's no sight quite like 20 Formula 1 cars hurtling through Mexico's stadium section, and we'd readily recommend this race to anyone looking at attending.
To make matters even better, Saturday the 28th's qualifying session coincides with the parade for Dia de los Muertos — Day of the Dead.
Although Day of the Dead comes on November 2nd, the preceding Saturday sees large-scale celebrations depicted in (and inspired by) the opening scene of James Bond: Spectre.
Long straights and high speeds will see an abundance of overtaking across Sunday the 29th's Mexico City Grand Prix, as F1 concludes the 2023 season's penultimate month.

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