What Are The Best Seats At A Formula 1 Race?

What Are The Best Seats At A Formula 1 Race

For many years, the Formula 1 Grand Prix has been one of the most popular and exclusive circuits in automobile racing, and many new fans of the sport often wonder where the best seats at a Formula 1 race are. The answer to this question is complicated because, unlike other racing sports, which take place on circular or oval-shaped tracks, Formula 1 racecourses are known for their winding twists and turns through rough terrain and even cities. Here, we look at the various rules of thumb for finding the best seats at a Formula 1 race.


Formula 1 Race Tracks

Formula 1 Race Tracks

The first and most important aspect of finding seats at a Formula 1 race is understanding that no two Formula 1 race tracks are alike. Unlike other automobile racing sports, such as NASCAR, Formula 1 races do not take place on standardized, circular tracks with rigid seating. Formula 1 races take place on winding courses that exist in a variety of shapes, often traversing notable landmarks, exciting terrain, and even urban streets. As such, while most Formula 1 racecourses will have designated seating areas near the start and finish lines, the majority of seating locations are unmarked and open, and fans can often simply find a spot on the track to watch cars go by. Some Formula 1 races can even be watched from the windows of buildings, like hotels. It is important for new fans of Formula 1 racing to know that it is very unlikely, if not impossible, to find a seat at a Formula 1 race that will give them a perfect view of the entire track. Due to the winding nature of these courses, many times, fans will not be able to see the racers complete entire laps and will only see them when they race through their section of the course.  

Grandstand Seating

With the above in mind, the first and most obvious seating option at a Formula 1 race is in the grandstands. Most Formula 1 racetracks have dedicated grandstands at various points on the track, typically near the start and finish line. These grandstands are often constructed so that they have a view of as many turns as possible, but as always, no grandstand will ever be able to see a full Formula 1 racetrack. However, there are advantages to grandstand seating. The first is that it provides a stable and comfortable spot to view a good portion of a Formula 1 race, usually comprising the start and finish line, which will make the winner of a race more likely easily apparent to onlookers. Additionally, grandstand seats provide an excellent atmosphere, allowing fans to sit together and cheer on their favorite racers as a crowd. 

However, there are natural disadvantages to grandstand seats as well. Firstly, grandstands seats tend to be slightly removed from the course itself, meaning that fans are not as close to the noise and speed of the cars. Secondly, because they cannot view the entire course, grandstand seats may sometimes feel like a distant experience of the race and may also be located away from places on the course where dramatic moments, such as crashes, often occur. 

Seats Along the Course

The second option for seating at a Formula 1 race is along the course itself. In these scenarios, fans often bring their own chairs, food, and beverages with them, finding a spot somewhere along the racetrack and sitting down to enjoy the action. This method offers distinct advantages of its own. Firstly, fans along the course can choose their favorite spot on the track, deciding which area of the course looks best to witness the action of the race. Secondly, fans can bring all of their supplies with them, avoiding tiresome trips to concession stands. Thirdly, sitting along the course may offer fans a bit more space to stretch out and relax while watching a race, while grandstand seats may feel slightly more cramped. Fans who purchase general admissions tickets to sit along the course do have certain disadvantages, such as being required to stay within their specific section. Additionally, due to the nature of some Formula 1 courses, there may be very few good seats along the course itself, and fans who do not wish to sit in the grandstands may have to find less comfortable places to sit or even pursue other options for seating. 

Other Views

Certain Formula 1 race tracks are so unique that the best seats to watch their races from may not be in grandstands or along the road but in other locations, such as buildings and hotels. Many Formula 1 race tracks are urban courses on winding city roads in countries through Europe and North America. These urban courses often have other options for seating besides grandstands and seats by the roadside. For instance, at the famous Monaco Grand Prix, the best seats are actually located in Casino Square, and residents at the famous Hotel de Paris are said to have the best overall view of the race from inside their suites. This type of seating has clear advantages due to privacy and comfort, but of course, it comes with the additional disadvantages of having to find accommodations along the racetrack, which can be extremely expensive for famous races like the Monaco Grand Prix.

Conclusion

Fans of Formula 1 racing have a variety of options when it comes to finding good seating at a race. For those who want a stable view of the race, grandstand seating at the start and finish line is an ever-present option, but sitting along the course may be best for those who desire a more liberated and intense experience. Finally, securing accommodations along the racetrack to watch the action from above may be another alluring option for those with a good deal of money and a desire for comfort.