Your comprehensive guide on buying tickets and where to watch the action at the 2017 Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona. The race is provisionally scheduled for May 12-14, 2017.
All images © F1Destinations.com. The Editor attended the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.
Spanish Grand Prix ticket prices have remained virtually unchanged for the past three years, though the organizers have simplified the ticket offer for 2017 by introducing new ticket categories (Fan / Super Fan / Excellence) and removing the two-tiered pricing in several grandstands. Two rounds of early-bird discounts apply: you can save 20% when buying before November 30, 2016 or 10% when buying between December 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017. Buyers of 3-day or Sunday tickets also get free entry to the 2017 pre-season test days at the track on February 27-March 2 and March 7-10.
During the event, all 3-day tickets holders (including General Admission) can also take advantage of ‘Free Friday’ and sit in any available grandstand on the first day of the weekend (with the exception of the single-day grandstands E & N). Tickets for the more popular grandstands (such as Main, J, K, F, N & H) sometimes sell out well before the race, so get in early if you want some of the best seats for the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix.
2017 Spanish Grand Prix 3-day Tickets
|Fan||J, B, G, K, C||€230|
|Super Fan||A, L, H, M, I||€330|
|Excellence||Main & F||€495|
2017 Spanish Grand Prix Single Day Tickets
- Save 20% on all tickets purchased before Nov 30, 2016
- Save 10% on all tickets purchased between December 1, 2016 and Feb 28, 2017
- Regular price applies on all tickets purchased after March 1, 2017
New for 2017
- Family Ticket: Sunday General Admission entry for 2 adults + 2 children (aged 12-18)
- Friends Pack: Sunday General Admission entry for 4 adults aged 19-30
Need to know
- Over 65s and children aged 12-18 save 50% on Grandstand ticket prices. Children under 6 are granted free entry to grandstands provided they don’t occupy a seat. Children under 12 get free General Admission entry.
- Tickets in most grandstands are divided into ‘zones’ which equate to the row numbers. For the best views, we advise choosing the highest possible zone/row number in your chosen ticket category.
- All grandstands have access to large viewing screens
- Only the Main, I and M Grandstands are covered, the rest of the grandstands are open to the elements.
General Admission at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona
The unique layout of the Circuit de Catalunya, with a selection of raised viewing hills, offers one of the best General Admission experiences of any race on the current F1 calendar. If you have bought a General Admission (“Pelouse” in Spanish) ticket, you will also benefit from “Free Friday” when you are also allowed to sit in any grandstand you wish (with the exception of the three single-day grandstands – C, E & N).
There are six General Admission viewing areas at Circuit de Catalunya, mainly located in the Southern and Western track zones (refer to the circuit map). General Admission ticket holders in Spain also benefit from eight big screen TVs. The most popular General Admission area is the hill between turns 6-8. It gets busier as the weekend progresses; you will need to reserve your spot early for qualifying and the race.
Main Grandstand view
The covered Main Grandstand seats 10 000 spectators. Tickets are no longer divided into lower and upper tiers with differnt prices. Go for higher row tickets, which offer not only a view of the start/finish straight and pits, but also panoramic views of large portions of the lap. Behind the stand is the F1 village with merchandise and lots of food and drink stalls.
Grandstand J View
Grandstands J & K are situated near the pit exit towards the end of the main straight. As well as providing a good view of the main straight and first corner, J & K are good value grandstands which also give you a view of turns 4 to 6 on the opposite side of the track.
Grandstand F view
Grandstand F is an excellent premium grandstand choice at Montmelo. Located at the end of the main pit straight, you will have a ringside view of the opening Elf corner and a more distant view of the Seat and Wurth turns on the opposite side of the track.
Grandstand I view
Grandstand I is located on the final corner, New Holland. Apart from the Main Grandstand, it is the only other covered stand at Circuit de Catalunya. Accommodating 1600 fans, this is a small and low stand without panoramic views of the circuit, but a great view of the main straight and pit entry.
Grandstand A view
Grandstand A is a very popular, well-priced raised grandstand located on the outside of the first corner, the Elf Chicane. Fans seated in this stand get a great panoramic view of the cars coming down the main straight and taking on the opening corners, as well as a view of turns 4-6.
Grandstand L view
Grandstand L is also very well elevated and offers the best panoramic views of any grandstand at Circuit de Catalunya. It’s the only stand located on the inside of the track. It’s next to the Seat corner, but you can also see the cars coming down the main straight and taking turn 1. An excellent mid-range grandstand choice for Spain.
Grandstand G view (Zone 3)
Grandstand G, which can seat up to 10 000 fans, is one of the largest stands at the cirucit. The G seats offer a good view of the entire stadium section from the exit of the La Caixa hairpin through to the Europcar corner. Recommended! View another grandstand G video taken from Zone 22.
Grandstand C view
Grandstand C has good views of the entire stadium section and a direct view of the Europcar corner. Fans seated in Grandstand C can also see the pit entrance and the final corner of the circuit. See a view of the view from Grandstand C below.
Grandstand H view
Grandstand H is located in the stadium area in the Northern section of the circuit. It is directly in front of the RACC chicane and also offers fans a view of the final New Holland corner as well as the pit entry. H is a good mid-range grandstand option.
Grandstand B view
Grandstand B is the equal cheapest stand on offer in the stadium section at Circuit de Catalunya. It offers a view of turns 10-13. In terms of budget stands, we prefer instead Grandstand J on the Eastern side of the track.
Grandstands with single-day tickets
Grandstand E view
Grandstand E is located close to the first Elf corner at the end of the pit straight where the cars brake heavily and there are good overtaking opportunities. Similar to Grandstand F adjacent, E also provides a good view of turns 5 to 7 on the opposite side of the track.
Grandstand N view
Grandstand N is the only grandstand in the Western zone of the circuit, which is dominated by General Admission areas. It is located on the Campsa corner and offers a view of the cars from the Wurth corner through Campsa and then down the back straight.
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