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Tickets – 2017 Canadian Grand Prix

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Where to watch the action at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the 2017 Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal on June 9-11.

When the provisional 2017 F1 calendar was published in September, there was an asterisk next to the Canadian Grand Prix indicating that the race was ‘subject to confirmation’. Thankfully, contractual negotiations have been successful and the Major of Montreal confirmed this week that the race would go ahead. Tickets for the event, which celebrates 50 years of Formula in Canada (1967-2017), went on sale yesterday with prices largely unchanged from last year. With Lance Stroll confirmed to drive for Williams, local fans will also have the first opportunity to cheer on one of their own since Jacques Villenueve left the sport in 2006.

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Montreal Grandstands

The grandstands at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve are temporary structures with hard aluminum planks for seats (the only exception is the most expensive Grandstand 1 seats on the pit straight, which have proper seats with backs).  None of the grandstands at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve are covered, so be sure to check the weather forecast and come prepared (remember the 2011 race?) Buying a seat cushion is also a worthwhile investment for the weekend. All grandstands have a large TV screen in front so you can follow the on-track action.

2017 Canadian Grand Prix: 3-day tickets

GrandstandPrice $CAD
Grandstand 1$575
Grandstand 11 / 12$395
Grandstand 15 / 21 /24$385
Grandstand 34$315
Grandstand 31 / 33$275
Popular$175
General Admission$130

Single-day & concession tickets

General Admission tickets are priced at $45 on Friday, $70 on Saturday and $99 on Sunday (all prices in CAD). Popular Grandstand tickets are priced at $75 on Friday, $110 on Saturday and $150 on Sunday. Childen under 11 are free in General Admission if accompanied by an adult, but you’ll need to reserve a free ticket when you buy your own. Other tickets for children under 11 are priced from $100 to $295 for 3 days, depending on the grandstand. Children aged 12 and above need a full priced ticket.

Grandstand 1 view

Senna Curve – Grandstands 11 & 12

The two grandstands at the Senna curve offer some of the best viewing opportunities at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. There is always lots of action at this corner, particularly at the start of the race. If you get a good seat, you will be able to see the cars from the start finish line up until they disappear around turn 3. We recommend choosing a seat as close to the other grandstand as possible – low section numbers for Stand 11, high section numbers for Stand 12. This gives you the best view of the main straight while also providing a very good view down to turn 3.

  • The high section numbers of grandstand 11 can have their views obstructed by the trees inside the Senna curve, so it’s better to choose a low section number in this stand.
  • The low section numbers of grandstand 12 can have views obstructed by the hospitality suites – if you choose a low section in Grandstand 12, get a high row seat so you will see all the action.

Grandstand 11 view

Grandstand 12 view

Hairpin –  Grandstands 15, 21, 24, 34 and Popular

Five grandstands are located on the hairpin. Seats here are a good choice and there’s an excellent stadium atmosphere, making it a popular place to sit for the weekend. The hairpin grandstands are also the closest to the metro station.

Grandstand 15

Grandstand 15 faces the hairpin so all the action is in front of you and it is possible to see a long way down the entry and exit straights. It is however separated from the track by a gravel trap, so you are a bit further away from the action and noise.

Grandstand 21

Grandstand 21 is closest of all to the metro station. Views from the lower rows, which are very close to the track, are limited by the new catch fencing. Higher rows in this stand have unobstructed views but are further from the track.

Grandstand 24

Grandstand 24 has a good view and there are good food stalls and proper toilets right behind it, but it can be a squeeze to get in and out of as you access it via the front of grandstand 15. You are very close to the track in Grandstand 24 with a ringside seat of the cars accelerating out of the chicane.

Grandstand 34

Located in the middle of the hairpin, Grandstand 34 is an affordable stand with good views  – get in quick as this grandstand always sells out first. The above video also gives you a good idea of the trackside commentary you can expect in Montreal, which is split between French and English.

Grandstand 31 (Turn 9)

You don’t get to see the cars for as long in Grandstand 31 in comparison to the Senna Chicane or the hairpin, but the stand is decent value and still an option worth considering.

Grandstand 33 (Turn 6)

We recommend seats in the lower section numbers, which give you a better view of the approach than higher section numbers.

Popular Grandstand

Popular is the worst positioned grandstand, but also the cheapest, and single-day tickets are available, unlike in most other grandstands. For those who know the track, there is a small left kink after the hairpin. If there has been a lot of rain, there can be standing water in this area and it tends to catch out a lot of drivers, particularly in the support categories – the Popular Grandstand provides the best views of the action which can ensue. There is no big screen TV for the Popular Grandstand.

General Admission Tickets

General admission tickets for the Canadian Grand Prix are cheap, but don’t offer the best viewing opportunities. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is known for its long straights and slow corners, and grandstands take up the best viewing spots. This means that General Admission ticket holders either need to find a spot between the grandstands – and be packed in like sardines –  or settle for watching the cars scream past on the straights. There is more room to move in General Admission on Friday, before bigger crowds turn up on the weekend for qualifying and the race. If you are only able to attend for a day or two of the weekend, General Admission tickets can be bought for single days – see prices above.

Best General Admission vantage points?

There are decent vantage points close to some grandstands, but you need to get there early to secure your spot. Either side of grandstand 24  is raised and fills up quickly. There is also space between and in front of Grandstands 11 & 12. The straight behind grandstand 31 provides shaded viewing, but doesn’t offer big screen viewing.

Premium & VIP Tickets

Gootickets offers a range of VIP tickets at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, from the Privilege 12 package priced at $1207 CAD for 3 days (tickets include a seat in Grandstand 12 on the Senna curve plus access to a special covered tent with catering) to the Elite Restaurant located between the Start-Finish line and the Senna corner with 3-day tickets including full catering priced at $3079 CAD. Contact us if you are interested in purchasing Paddock Club tickets.

Wheelchair Access

Montreal has two grandstands set aside for wheelchair users – 21A and 41A. Each wheelchair-bound fan is entitled to park in a special zone and can be accompanied by a non-disabled friend, who pays the same price.  Tickets need to be reserved by calling the ticket office (514) 350 4731. Prices are no longer published but grandstand 21A is more expensive than grandstand 41A

  • Grandstand 21A, which is covered, is right next to grandstand 21 at the entrance to the hairpin.
  • Grandstand 41A is on the inside of the track opposite grandstand 31. The stand is not covered and access is more difficult as you have to cross the Pont des Isles (Island Bridge) to get to the inside of the track.

Been to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve? Leave a comment and tell us your favorite place to watch the action!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. eric robertson says:

    I want to buy 3 Senna trio tickets for the 3 days at the Canadian grand prix. Not seeing how to do that on your sight?

  2. Chris Caselli says:

    I’ve been looking at tickets as three of us are going this year but only Sunday. We don’t want to do the popular grandstand. I’ve found multiple sites that are selling single day tickets for most grandstands. How is this possible? On the F1 website only three days passes are available for those grandstands.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Chris, I would be very careful about buying Sunday-only tickets for anything other than General Admission or the Popular Grandstands. They are not official and there is the chance you will not get what you pay for. From the Circuit website: “Tickets to the Event are strictly non transferable and not for resale.” The only exception would be for some corporate areas, where you can purchase single-day access. To avoid any hassles, I would just pay up for the full 3-day ticket to your chosen grandstand and purchase from a legitimate source; from the official seller (Admission.com/Ticketmaster) or from a reseller such as BookF1, Gootickets or GPTicketshop – see the links on our sidebar. Enjoy the weekend in Montreal!

  3. Sue says:

    Above it mentions picking a high section in grandstand 12. How do I know what the different sections are?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Sue, from the guide, “In larger stands, the front row, closest to the track, is designated AA and the second row is BB. After the 26th row (ZZ), the next row is designated A and so on. In smaller stands such as grandstand 21, the front row closest to the track is row A.”

  4. Gori says:

    Hi,

    Can we do in and out of the venue in a single day?I have a ticket for saturday and have some important work in the afternoon. so can i leave and then come back again?

    Thanks

    • Editor says:

      Hi, sorry we don’t have specific information to answer this question. It should be possible to get a pass-out, but please ask when you have your ticket checked in the morning as you enter. Have a great weekend!

  5. Willa says:

    Do you recommend attendees buy a lanyard for their tickets? Is there a need to have the ticket always out and available?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Willa, you don’t have to purchase a lanyard if you don’t wish. You normally only need to show your ticket when you are entering the track or entering your grandstand area inside. Some people like to buy the official lanyard as a momento, but you could always buy a cheaper one. Enjoy!

  6. Simon says:

    Hi

    I’ll be getting tickets soon for grandstand 11 and want to get decent seats in this grandstand, but can’t find anywhere to choose my section number. How can I do this, as you’ve mentioned in your article?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Simon, the best way to get the seats you want is to call the ticket company directly. That should apply with buying via the circuit itself, or the ticket companies we deal with, who have an allocation of tickets for each grandstand. Good luck and enjoy the race.

  7. Daryll says:

    Hi. Looking at tickets for Montreal 2016 and wondering if there’s a similar ticket to the GA Premium pass that you can get in Melbourne? That pass ticks all the boxes for trackside viewing and easy access to a bar for drinks. Is there anything similar at F1 Montreal?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Daryll, unfortuanately theres’s nothing like a premium GA ticket in Montreal. It’s either GA for $127 (3 days) or a grandstand seat (Popular is cheapest at $175 for 3 days). There are corporate tickets, but the cheapest of these – Privileged 12 on the Senna Curve – cost over $1200 CAD for 3 days. You get bar access and a free BBQ lunch. You can buy these with bookF1

  8. Emmanuel says:

    Hello Chris, Im planing to buy 3 days tickets, but I want to attend only during the race.
    Is there any chance to re – sale the rest of the tickets legally thru a website like stubhub?
    sorry to insist if you already explain before that the tickets are in-transferable but thats the only way that I can afford stand 15 for all the family :)

  9. Catherine Timm says:

    Hi, I’m flying in from New York and would like to know what time the event starts on Friday and when it finishes on Sunday to book my flight around that, Please advise, thanks!

  10. Robbie says:

    Can you buy general admission on the day of the Friday practice and qualifications for the 2016 Montreal Grand Prix? We are not avid race fans and want to be able to walk around and get a few for the race weekend while we are in town.

  11. James Stroud says:

    Hello,
    My father has followed F1 since his childhood. I am taking him to the Canadian GP. However, he has Parkinsons and has trouble walking long distances. Is there an area near the circuit for handicapped parking? Any advice on this one would be great.
    Thanks
    James

    • Editor says:

      Hi James, you can find more information here. “Grandstands 21a and 41a are adapted for limited-mobility spectators. Buying a ticket in one of these grandstands also gives you access to nearby parking”. Hope you and your father enjoy the race!

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