2017 Austin F1 Weekend View from turn 11, where I volunteered during the mornings to provide info to guests. By volunteering, I was able to attend the rest of the day for free. Couldn’t have asked for better weather for Saturday, the COTA tower and downtown Austin were clearly visible in the distance. As qualifying neared, my shift was over and I made my way over to turn 1, which features the steepest hill on the track. After qualifying I walked over to turn 19. Just before the race from turn 7, the helicopter was racing around the track gathering footage for the TV networks. By volunteering, I was given an opportunity to go up in the tower, and I took full advantage of that. It’s hard to tell from around the track, but the tower features a clear observation deck. Another picture from the tower, this shows turn 1- the spot that I watched qualifying from. About halfway through the race it was packed with people. Turn 19 as viewed from the tower, it had been given the name “Haas Hill” for the race, named after the American team Haas. The chicane with turn 6 on the right, all the way to turn 11 which is far off in the distance but clearly visible. Turns 12-15 are my favorite spots on the track, the cars hit the max speed and brake at turn 12, then hitting the very technical section through turn 15. A better view of the turn 15 grandstand, which has thousands of people cheering at this point in the race. Just below the tower (with the tower’s shadow in the picture) is turn 16. There is a bridge that helps connect to the other part of the track, along with food trucks and other vendors closeby. Straight below the tower, the white stairs are visible but everyone uses the elevators to reach the top. One of the favorite photos that I’ve ever taken is the top of the COTA tower. After I went up in the tower, I made my way to the turn 15 grandstand and found a seat. The white Williams car is being closely chased by the two Force Indias. Lewis Hamilton with Sebastian Vettel following behind. The victory lap for Lewis Hamilton, who went off the track to wave. Called the “track invasion”- fans are allowed on the track following the race, this is a picture of the opening at turn 19. One of the raised curbs, it’s hard to tell just how sloped they are until you walk on the track. With the paddocks on the left and main grandstand (where I sat in 2016) on the right, you can see the elevation change from turn 20 to turn 1. The finish line, with some confetti that had fallen on it.