Your detailed guide on buying tickets and where to watch the action at the iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit for the 2017 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix on August 25-27*.
The Editor attended the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps. All images © F1Destinations.com. *2017 race date is provisional and subject to confirmation in December 2016.
The Spa Francorchamps circuit in the beautiful Ardennes region of Belgium remains one of F1’s few remaining classic circuits. If you don’t mind braving the elements and a lot of walking, the Bronze (General Admission) tickets at the circuit are excellent value. There’s also eleven grandstands to choose from at Spa (eight Gold and three Silver), the majority of which are located close to each other in the western part of the circuit near the start-finish straight and Eau Rouge (see map above).
When compared to other races, grandstand prices are relatively high at Spa, with most weekend tickets priced between €350-550. Luckily, prices have been frozen for this year. The only other change is a new grandstand – Gold 10 on Eau Rouge. Several rounds of early-bird discounts on tickets apply at Spa; save 20% if you buy before October 31, 2016 or 10% before January 31, 2017.
2017 Belgian Grand Prix Tickets (3 days)
|Ticket Type||Early-Bird Price (to Jan 31, 2017)||Regular Price (€)|
|Gold 1 (Pit)||-10%||€580|
|Gold 2 (GP2)||-10%||€505|
|Gold 3 (Eau Rouge)||-10%||€505|
|Gold 4 (Eau Rouge)||-10%||€445|
|Gold 6 (Chicane)||-10%||€505|
|Gold 7 (Source)||-10%||€505|
|Gold 8 (Source-Start)||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|Gold 9 (Pole Position)||-10%||€505|
|Gold 10 (Eau Rouge)||-10%||€505|
|Silver 1 (Francorchamps)||-10%||€370|
|Silver 2 (Spa)||-10%||€370|
|Silver 4 (Bruxelles)||-10%||€385|
|Bronze (General Admission)||-10%||€145|
|Area 17-27 (Blanchimont)||n/a||€125|
|Parking per day (Yellow / Green / Red)||n/a||€16|
2017 circuit map courtesy Spa Grand Prix. Click to open a large version.
Need to know
- Sunday-only tickets are available for all grandstands (tribunes) and General Admission, but the discount of approximately 10% over 3-day tickets doesn’t make them a particularly attractive option.
- Tickets for children (aged from 6-15) are available and cost just €20 for three days in Bronze (General Admission). For grandstands, children’s tickets are discounted by approximately 50-60% on regular 3-day ticket prices.
- Seats are numbered in grandstands for all three days of the event (there is no ‘Free Friday’ roaming option at Spa).
- A special podium for disabled fans is located next to the Gold 7 grandstand at La Source.
- All Gold and Silver grandstands have a big screen TV opposite. There are a handful of big screen TVs in the Bronze areas (General Admission), specifically on the Kemmel straight and at Pouchon.
- The following grandstands are covered and offer protection from the rain which so often strikes at Spa: Gold 1, Gold 2, Gold 3, Gold 6, Gold 7, Gold 8, Gold 9, Silver 4
- The following grandstands are uncovered: Gold 4, Silver 1, Silver 2 (all Bronze areas are also uncovered)
Best tickets to buy at Spa?
On a budget? The General Admission tickets (regular price €145 for 3 days) offer great value and an excellent experience. Don’t forget your walking boots and wet weather gear. If you can afford to spend €350+ on a grandstand, then it pays to go for one of the covered ones, as the weather is unpredictable in the Ardennes at the best of times. The best grandstand is Gold 8 on the outside of the opening La Source hairpin, with views down the main straight. Sadly, Gold 8 is already sold out for 2017. Other good grandstand choices include Gold 3 and Silver 2 near Eau Rouge and Gold 6 on the last corner, the Bus Stop chicane. We recommend buying your Spa Grand Prix tickets via our exclusive tickets partner, Gootickets.
Gold 1 is the main, permanent grandstand opposite the pits on the start-finish straight. A good choice for the start/finish and action in the pits. Choose another grandstand if you are after on-track action.
Gold 9 is a smaller, temporary grandstand closer to the opening La Source hairpin on the main start-finish straight. Located in front of the ‘slower’ teams’ pits and with a distant view of La Source for the inevitable action on the first lap.
Gold 2 is a large, elevated permanent grandstand situated on the straight section between La Source and Eau Rouge, with direct views of the old pits area, which is still used by the support races (GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup) on Grand Prix weekend. You do get distant views of Eau Rouge, but there are better Gold grandstands for this price.
Gold 3 is the best grandstand overlooking Eau Rouge/Raidillion, offering excellent elevated views of the famous corner plus the section of track preceding it. Note that you will need a certain level of physical fitness to get to this grandstand from La Source, as it is situated at the top of a steep hill. Recommended.
Gold 4 is the only uncovered Gold grandstand next to Eau Rouge. We sat there in 2015 and don’t recommend it. Gold 4 is set back at a strange angle with fairly limited track views. Check out our panorama or watch our Youtube video. Better to pay a little bit more for the covered Gold 3 grandstand if you want the best views of Eau Rouge.
Gold 6 is a small covered grandstand on the Bus Stop chicane, close to the pit entry. It’s one of the most expensive grandstands, but you can always expect some action at this point on the circuit over the course of the weekend. Avoid seats in the front rows if possible, as views can be restricted.
Gold 7 is located on the exit of the La Source (turn 1) hairpin and doesn’t have views to compare with Gold 8. Better to choose one of the Eau Rouge grandstands if Gold 8 is already sold out.
Gold 8 is situated on the La Source (turn 1) hairpin with views down the start-finish straight. The popularity of this grandstand is evidenced by the fact that it sells out almost one year in advance! If you get the choice in this grandstand, go for block B over block A.
Silver 1 is located on the stretch between La Source and Eau Rouge. You still get an individually numbered seat in the bleacher-style Silver 1 & 2 grandstands, but they don’t come with a back for you to lean on. In both grandstands, go for seats in the high rows, otherwise your views will be obscured by the catch fencing.
Silver 2 is located closer to Eau Rouge, making it a better choice than the identically priced Silver 1. An excellent mid-range choice at Spa with good access to the best food and drink stalls, merchandise and atmosphere of the F1 fanzone, right behind the grandstand.
Silver 4 is located at the top of the circuit, a long way from all the others (plus a long way from the fan zone). It overlooks the slow Bruxelles corner, but there’s much better views from the General Admission area on the inside of the corner. Silver 4 has individual seats with backs (like in Gold). Go for the higher row seats so your views aren’t obscured by the catch fencing.
Area 17-27 overlooks turns 15-16 at the southeasternmost point of the circuit and is restricted to fans aged 17-27. It’s a long way from the rest of the main spectator areas at Spa, but is very much self-contained and also connected with a special camping zone for young fans.
Bronze (General Admission)
Spa Francorchamps has some of the best General Admission areas of any current F1 circuit, but you’ll need a certain level of physical fitness to make the most of its stunning forest location. Many of the walkways are unpaved and there’s serious hills involved, especially around Eau Rouge. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and if rain is forecast, a pair of wellies will definitely come in handy.
> Eau Rouge
Arguably F1’s most famous corner, the elevation change as the cars go up the hill is much more dramatic in reality. With a large concentration of grandstands and excellent general admission views, plus the best merchandise, food and drink close by, Eau Rouge is a great base for the weekend. There’s also an underpass in the middle of the corner to take you to other parts of the circuit.
> Raidillion & Kemmel Straight
Once you have negotiated the steep path up the hill from Eau Rouge, you arrive at the area known as Raidillion. If you are lucky, there’s views of the cars emerging from Eau Rouge at high speed. The general admission area is quite limited here, and you’ll need to wait you turn (or get there very early on Sunday) to catch a glimpse of the cars through the handy ‘photographer’s gaps’ in the catch fencing. Once you get to the Kemmel straight, there’s much more room to find a vantage point on the side of the hill. There’s more fans closer to the Les Combes chicane, where many famous overtakes have happened over the years. Check out our photos and Youtube videos below.
> Bruxelles / Rivage
This area at the top of the circuit is a great spot to watch the action. You can get really close to the cars as they take turn 10 at low-speed and it’s an excellent spot for amateur photographers. It’s a small area however and you’ll need to compete for a spot with the regulars who come every year; get there at the crack of dawn if you want to see the race from this area. The panoramic views from the top of the hill at turn 11 down to Pouchon are also not to be missed. Check out our video of the Bruxelles view.
This is arguably the most popular general admission area at the circuit. There’s plenty of room on the hillside for several thousand fans to watch the cars approach the tricky Pouchon corner. The food and drink stalls at Pouchon are extensive, and the atmosphere is great. You can walk back to Eau Rouge via a flat, direct forest path in around 15-20 minutes.
> Bus Stop Chicane & Blanchimont
The Bus Stop chicane is another decent general admission vantage point, but there’s limited space to get great views, unless you fancy climbing a steep embankment. The views are also partially blocked by the Gold 6 covered grandstand. There are no grandstands on the high speed Blanchimont section of the circuit, and the views in general admission are limited to those from the path, which eventually leads below the circuit and emerges near the Les Fagnes area of the circuit, close to Pouchon. The 17-27 area for young fans is located here, but there’s limited track views for everyone else.
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