Detailed guide on buying tickets and where to watch the action at the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The next race takes place at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 1-3, 2017.
After much speculation recently about the future of the Italian Grand Prix, the race organizers have finally signed a new 3-year contract to keep the historic Monza circuit on the F1 calendar until at least 2019. When it comes to choosing your seat at Monza, there’s lots of grandstands to choose from, but they are clustered around just a handful of the circuit’s major corners; the opening Prima Variante chicane, Seconda Variante, Variante Ascari and the Parabolica, as well as on the main straight. General Admission tickets at Monza are also excellent value, despite a lack of elevated viewing areas.
Ticket prices are virtually unchanged from last year, though a few of the cheaper grandstands have seen their prices for 3 days increased slighty and some mid-tier grandstands are cheaper. Details are not yet available, but we expect two rounds of early-bird discounts to apply (to January 31 and May 31), giving you the opportunity to save up to 17% off the regular price when buying in advance.
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2017 Italian Grand Prix tickets (3-days)
|Grandstand/Type||Discounted (to Jan 31)||Regular Price|
|1) Central (Covered)||€590||€650|
|26A) Right Lateral A||€420||€480|
|6C) Alta Velocita C||€420||€480|
|15) Ascari One||€420||€480|
|4) Left Lateral (Covered)||€298||€360|
|6B) Alta Velocita B||€298||€360|
|8A) Outer First Variant A||€298||€360|
|9) Second Variant||€298||€360|
|13) Ascari Two||€298||€360|
|26B) Right Lateral B (covered)||€298||€360|
|12) Ascari Three||€219||€255|
|19) Outer Ascari B (Covered)||€298||€360|
|22) Parabolic (Covered)||€298||€360|
|8B) Outer First Variant B||€219||€255|
|6A) Alta Velocita A||€219||€255|
|21A) Lateral Parabolic A||€219||€255|
|21B Lateral Parabolic B||€219||€255|
|23B) Inner Parabolic||€219||€255|
|24) Vedano (Covered)||€219||€255|
|26C) Right Lateral C (Covered)||€219||€255|
|23A) Inner Parabolic A||€150||€180|
|21C) Lateral Parabolic C||€150||€180|
|21D) Lateral Parabolic D||€150||€180|
|21E) Lateral Parabolic E||€150||€180|
|2, 3, 27) Main Straight Bleachers||€150||€180|
Monza tickets – need to know
- All grandstands offer big screen viewing. There are also several TVs reserved for General Admission fans, including at the Lesmo corners and on the inside of Parabolica. Seven grandstands are permanent, covered structures. The remainder of the grandstands are temporary structures.
- Children under 11 years of age are granted free General Admission entrance to the circuit, but you will still need to reserve a free ticket when ordering your own. Children’s grandstand tickets (ages 0-11) are mostly priced at 100 for 3-days.
- Single-day grandstand tickets for Saturday and Sunday are already on sale. Saturday tickets for the grandstands cost between €100-150. Forget the Sunday-only tickets for Grandstands, which are priced on average just €10 less than the 3-day tickets. General Admission tickets cost €50 for Friday, €65 for Saturday and €85 for Sunday (or €100 for 3 days).
- Disabled fans are granted free access to General Admission areas during the whole weekend. Grandstand N25 is reserved for wheelchair users (up to capacity of 120).
Our top 5 Monza tickets
1. Alta Velocita 6C
2. Ascari One
3. Outer First Variant 8A
4. Main Straight Bleachers
5. General Admission
Pit Straight Grandstands
- A total of eight grandstands (plus bleachers) are located on the start/finish straight (Rettifilo Tribune) at Monza, ranging in price from the most expensive covered Central stand down to the affordable and great value bleachers. As always with a seat on the pit straight, you will get a great view of the start/finish but little chance of seeing any proper on-track action.
- Seats in the large covered Central Grandstand (1) are the most expensive at Monza, and are overpriced compared to similar tickets at other Grands Prix.
- Located on the main straight either side of the Central covered stand are the Left Lateral/Lat Sinistra (4) and Right Laterals/Lat Destra (26A, 26B, 26C). The pricing gives you a good idea of which stands have the best views – the Left Lateral is positioned after the start line, whilst the most expensive Right Lateral grandstand is located closest to the start line. The cheaper Right Laterals are further down the straight towards the exit of the final Parabolica corner. If you want the best view of the after-race podium celebrations, the cheapest Right Lateral grandstand (26c) is the one to choose. All these stands are covered.
- Also on the main straight is Piscina (5) a cheap standalone grandstand closer to the first corner and near the pitlane exit which we don’t recommend (click here for Piscina video). At the other end of the straight, closer to the Parabolica exit is the covered Vedano (24) which is a better choice, but a little more expensive.
- Our pick for the best value tickets at Monza are the Main Straight Bleachers. Despite having views obscured by the catch fencing, the bleachers still represent excellent value and are much cheaper than the grandstand seats behind. The best are 2E and 3F in front of the Left Lateral grandstand – these sell out quickly. The other bleachers 27D, 28C, 29B are in front of the Right Lateral grandstands facing the grid and pit boxes, whilst 30A faces the podium.
Nr 1: Central (covered)
Nr 4: Left Lateral (covered)
Nr 26: Right Lateral (covered)
Nr 24: Vedano (covered)
Prima Variante Grandstands
- Five grandstands are positioned on the opening Prima Variante chicane (also known as Variante del Rettifilo) at Monza. There are three grandstands on the inside of the circuit (Alta Velocita A, B & C) and two grandstands on the outside of the circuit (Outer First Variant A & B). These grandstands offer some of the best viewing at Monza and remain popular despite the premium prices.
- The pick of the Alta Velocita stands on the inside of the circuit is Alta Velocita C (6C). As an added bonus, the stand is also located directly behind a section of the old banked Monza circuit. The cheaper Alta Velocita B (6B) and Alta Velocita A (6A) are further from the corner, but still offer decent views. On the outside of the circuit, there is one large grandstand divided into two sections: seats in the more expensive Outer First Variant A (8A) are a little closer to the action than in Outer First Variant B (8B).
Nr 6A: Alta Velocita A, €250
Nr 6B: Alta Velocita B
Nr 6C: Alta Velocita C
Nr 8A: Outer First Variant A
Seconda Variante Grandstands
- Also known as Variante della Roggia, there are two grandstands on the inside of the circuit at Seconda Variante, the third corner at Monza. You will see the cars emerge from the high-speed Curva Grande before braking for the chicane, where good overtaking opportunities exist.
- The Second Variant (9) is a better choice than Roggia (10). It’s worth noting that these grandstands are somewhat remote from the rest of the action at Monza. It will take you at least 30 minutes on foot to reach these grandstands from most entrance gates.
Nr 9: Second Variant
Nr 10: Roggia
Variante Ascari Grandstands
Eight grandstands are located on the inside of the circuit near Variante Ascari, the high-speed eighth corner at Monza where there are good overtaking opportunities. The best views can be found in the middle of the corner in the Ascari One (15) grandstand. Ascari Three (12) is on the entry and is close to the track, whilst Ascari Two (13) is set back behind the gravel trap in the middle of the corner and Ascari (16) is located on the exit. The Outer Ascari stands (A,B,C) are located on the straight between Variante Ascari and Curva Parabolica: only Outer Ascari B (19), a small covered stand is on general sale – there are better views for this price.
Nr 12: Ascari Three
Nr 13: Ascari Two
Nr 15: Ascari One
Nr 16: Ascari
Nr 19: Outer Ascari B
Nr 20: Outer Ascari C
Curva Parabolica Grandstands
- Five temporary and one permanent (covered) grandstand are located on the outside of the circuit on the approach to the final Curva Parabolic at Monza, one of the most famous turns on the current Formula 1 calendar. Tickets in the permanent covered Parabolic (22) stand closest to the corner.
- The Lateral Parabolic grandstands are priced according to how close to the corner they are: Lateral Parabolic A (21A) is closest to the corner and is a better choice than Lateral Parabolic B (21B) for the same price. In the lower price bracket, Lateral Parabolic C (21C) is a better choice than Lateral Parabolic D (21D) or Lateral Parabolic E (21E)
- An additional two grandstands are located on the inside of the circuit at the exit of the Parabolica, near the pitlane entrance. There is not much to separate these stands, so the cheaper Inner Parabolic A (23A) is a better choice than Inner Parabolic B (23B).
Nr 22: Parabolic
Nr 21A: Lateral Parabolic A
Nr 21D: Lateral Parabolic D
Nr 23A: Inner Parabolic A
General Admission Tickets
- The General Admission offer at Monza is excellent value for money, particularly when you take into account ‘Free Friday’. Provided you are happy to cover a lot of ground on foot over the weekend, it’s possible to get some excellent views of the on-track action at Monza, and the park setting is beautiful.
- As always, it’s easier to get a good view earlier in the weekend before the tifosi arrive in greater numbers for qualifying and the race itself. There are plenty of small grandstands and raised viewing areas scattered throughout the General Admission areas. No trip to Monza would be complete without a walk through the forest to the furthest part of the circuit to check the view out from the Curve di Lesmo (turns 4 and 5). The General Admission area on the inside of Parabolica is also recommended.
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