Your guide to buying tickets for the 2016 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 17-20; where to sit and where to watch the action, including the best general admission viewing areas and analysis of all grandstands.
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Australian GP Grandstand Tickets
Australia has a good selection of grandstands, though viewing is generally only limited to one or two corners, and no grandstands that offer panoramic views over large parts of the circuit. All grandstands have large viewing screens opposite so you won’t miss any of the on-track action. Some stands have a ‘premium’ section at the top which is covered, offering protection from the elements and better views – for an additional price, of course. Grandstands in Australia are not raised high off the ground – try and get a seat in a higher row so your view won’t be obscured by the safety fencing.
Most Grandstand tickets are sold on a 4-day basis only, though additional single-day tickets are available in some of the cheaper grandstands, including weekend tickets (Saturday + Sunday). Prices for 4-day tickets have not changed much in recent years, ranging from $330-580 AUD. Several grandstands do sell out in advance of the race, so reserve your tickets soon if you want to sit in a particular grandstand.
If you buy your 4-day grandstand ticket early enough, you are entitled to become a GP Advantage Member. To qualify for Gold membership, you need to have bought your ticket no later than around 8 months before the race. For Silver membership, the cut-off is around 4 months before the race. Membership is only good for one year – to qualify again, you need to buy your early bird tickets for the next race. Here are the main benefits of GP Advantage membership:
- Behind the Scenes day. On the opening Thursday of the weekend, members get a special pitlane walk, free breakfast and a look at the Paddock Club viewing deck, as well as live entertainment.
- Main Straight Walk. On the morning of the race, members get a chance to walk down the main straight and get a ‘pole position’ photo.
- Access to a special section of the GP Advantage Bar, which is located opposite the pits between the Fangio and Webber grandstands. (Gold members get the upper section, Silver Members the lower section)
- Collectible ticket, lanyard and souvenir. (Gold members also get a free race program.)
Best Grandstands at Albert Park
Most fans agree that the best grandstands are located on the first corner. We prefer the Brabham GRandstand on the inside of the circuit, but Jones – on the outside – is also a solid choice. Of the cheaper grandstands, the Schumacher grandstand on the Senna curve at the end of the lap is good value.
4-day tickets = $330 / Single-day tickets: Thursday = $50, Friday = $99, Saturday = $180, Sunday = $230, Saturday + Sunday = $280. A decent cheap grandstand, Webber is located at the start of the main straight, between the last corner and opposite the pits area of the V8 supercars. It offers a view of the final corner and start of the pit straight, but without pit, grid, or start views. Behind the stand are many food and drink options.
4-day tickets = $330 / Single-day tickets: Thursday = $50, Friday = $99, Saturday = $180, Sunday = $230, Saturday + Sunday = $280. Perhaps the pick of the grandstands in the Cheapest price bracket, Schumacher is located between turns 15 and 16 and adjacent to the pit entrance.
4-day tickets = $330, Saturday + Sunday = $280. The popular Waite grandstand, located on the East side of the Albert Lake next to turn 12 also offers a great view of high-speed turns 11 & 12. There are often thrills and spills at these corners. The Kids Area and food and entertainment options are close by.
4-day tickets = $330. Also on the Eastern side of the lake, the Clark Grandstand offers views of turn 9 and turn 10. Expect lots of on-track action, particularly in V8 supercars. On the downside, you are a long way from the off-track action on the other side of the circuit.
4-day tickets = $330 (4-day Senna Premium tickets = $510). The Senna grandstand is situated on the main straight, close to the final corner with views of the pit entrance and support pits. Cheaper than the Prost grandstand to its right, which is closer to the corner, but still a good cheaper grandstand. The covered premium seats are located at the top of the stand.
4-day tickets = $365. Moss is located at the end of the main straight, before the first corner and adjacent to the more expensive Jones grandstand, which has a better view of the corner. Tickets are cheaper in 2016 however, so it’s worth considering.
4-day tickets = $440 (4-day Fangio Premium tickets are SOLD OUT for 2016). Fangio is located on the start/finish straight opposite the F1 pits. Despite offering little chance of on-track thrills, Fangio does offer a ring side seat for the build up and start of the race, as well as the finish and podium celebrations. Directly behind the grandstand is Legends Lane with a wide choice of food & drink, merchandise stands and exhibitions.
4-day tickets = $440 (4-day Prost Premium tickets are SOLD OUT). Adjacent to the Schumacher grandstand, but higher priced due to the better view of both turns 15 and 16, the pit entry and a view of the cars going down the main straight.
4-day tickets = $535. Brabham offers similar views to the Jones stand (turns 1 & 2), but is located on the inside of the track, so also offers a view down to turn 3. Unlike Jones, Brabham has the sun behind it for most of the day, a definite positive. The best views are from the higher rows on the right side.
4-day tickets = $535. The Jones stand is situated on the outside of the track at the end of the pit straight and offers views of the pit straight and first corner, a great place to watch the start of the race and lots of passing maneuvers. Best views in Jones are from seats higher in the stand. A downside to Jones is that it faces the sun for most of the day.
4-day tickets = $580. One of only two grandstands located on the inside of the track (the other being Brabham), the World Champion Grandstand is located on turn 4 and offers views of turns 3-5. The stand is all covered and has its own dedicated catering and bar facilities.
4-day tickets = $580. Situated on turn 3 with a great view of the cars approaching this low-speed corner and also a view of turn 4. The all premium Piquet stand is covered and has its own dedicated bars and catering facilities located directly behind the stand.
4-Corner Grandstand Packages
These packages – in which you sit in a different grandstand on each day of the weekend – are probably best suited to the first time fan who is not familiar with the track and wants to sample a variety of vantage points over the weekend. The packages are named after the stand where you will be sitting on race day:
- Brabham Package = $505: Thursday – Clark, Friday – Jones, Saturday – Fangio, Sunday – Brabham
- Fangio Package = $485: Thursday – Jones, Friday – Clark, Saturday – Brabham, Sunday – Fangio
- Jones Package = $480: Thursday – Fangio, Friday – Brabham, Saturday – Clark, Sunday – Jones
- Clark = $420: Thursday – Brabham, Friday – Fangio , Saturday–Jones, Sunday-Clark
Paddock Club / Corporate Suites
The majority of premium tickets are purchased by large companies and sponsors for their employees and guests. If you are not lucky enough to get an invite, you can buy a range of premium tickets in Australia. The paddock club is the most expensive, being located directly above the pits with full catering, pitlane walks and the chance to rub shoulders with the rich and famous. bookF1 offers a range of premium tickets for the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.
General Admission Tickets
The cheapest race tickets provide access to the circuit but not a reserved seat. If you are on a budget and prepared to cover plenty of ground on foot over the weekend, General Admission is the way to go. General Admission ticket prices have been hiked for 2016, but there is a decent 2 for 1 Xmas special for early birds.
Australia has a deserved reputation for offering some of the best general admission viewing areas of any race on the current calendar. Getting around the track is relatively easy and new general admission features have been added over the years to provide a better spectator experience for fans, including grassy viewing mounds and raised concrete viewing platforms. You can get very close to the cars at several points around the track, though views are obscured by the catch fencing. Large viewing screens designed for Grandstand ticket holders can be viewed by general admission fans at various parts of the circuit, including near turns 2, 9, 11 and 12.
The best general admission vantage points get very busy on Saturday and Sunday, particularly ahead of qualifying and the race, so if you are determined to watch the action from a particular spot, get there early. If you only have a day, consider going on Friday. There are two F1 practice sessions and the circuit is considerably less crowded than on the weekend.
General Admission Ticket Prices 2016
- 4-day ticket = $185 AUD
- Thursday only = $39
- Friday only = $55
- Saturday only = $85
- Sunday only = $99
*Xmas Gift deal: 2 for 1 on General Admission tickets (with children under 14) for tickets purchased before December 22, 2015.
The General Admission ‘James Boag’s Premium Zone’ is located near turn 15 and offers seating, big-screen viewing and an improved range of food and drink options. Access is available as an upgrade to an existing General Admission ticket (for $100 for four days, $85 for the weekend, $30 for Friday, $50 for Saturday or $60 for Sunday).
Best General Admission Viewing Areas
Turn 3 – inside and outside of track
Although a little cramped and without elevation, turn 3 is a slow speed corner which allows fans to get very close to the cars. There are a few spots with gaps in the safety fencing providing opportunities for amateur photographers. There are trees in this area providing cover should the weather be hot and sunny.
Turn 5 – inside and outside of track
The outside of Turn 5 is a great spot for general admission viewing, but the Northern aspect means you will be in the sun all day. There is no large viewing screen in this spot. See video below taken on the outside of turn 5. The inside of Turn 5 is also a good spot for viewing the cars taking the high speed corner and there is a gap in the catch fencing for amateur photographers to try their luck.
Turns 6 & 7
Just before the braking zone for Turn 6 is a great place to watch the cars in action. You can get very close to the cars on the inside of Turn 6 and then see them across the lake as far as Turns 9 and 10. This area doesn’t get so congested, even for the race, so a good option if you want to escape the crowds, but it is a long walk from the other parts of the track. There is no large viewing screen for General Admission fans in this area.
Turns 9 & 10
Adjacent to the Clark Grandstand, this is a great spot to watch the cars approaching turn 9 and 10, where there is always lots of action in all racing categories over the weekend. You can also see the video screen for the Clark Grandstand and there are food and drink options close by.
Turns 11 & 12 – Brocky’s Hill
This large viewing mound is directly beside the Waite grandstand and provides a great opportunity to see the cars coming down the back straight and going into the high speed turns 11 & 12. A viewing screen is visible and there are food and drink stands close by, as well as the Kids Area, making it a good choice for families with children. This area is a very popular General Admission area, so get there early on the weekend to reserve your space.
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