The lowdown on the best grandstands and viewing areas at Sepang for the Malaysia Formula 1 Grand Prix. This year’s race is on September 29 to October 1, 2017.All images © f1destinations.com. The Editor attended the 2015 Malaysia Grand Prix and checked out the views from all the grandstands and hillstands. After announcing their intention to not renew their Formula 1 contract when it lapses after 2018, the organizers of the Malaysia Grand Prix at Sepang have made sweeping changes to the ticket offer this year. The main change is that almost all the grandstands in the main village area (back straight, tower section and main straight) are being sold as one ticket type – Main Grandstand – with free seating for up to 30,000 fans. The K1 and F grandstands also have free seating. The big winners this year are locals. Whilst there is no general ‘early-bird discount’ period this year, Malaysians save up to 50% on most available tickets.
New for 2017, the Mercedes, Red Bull & Ferrari premium tickets offer you a view opposite the pits area of your favorite team. With these seats, you get free bus/train transfers to the circuit, packed lunch and priority access for the pitlane walk, but it’s hard to justify the much higher price for lower-tier seats with limited views. Not recommended!
|Tickets||Type||Price in $USD|
|Mercedes / Red Bull (Crystal)||Premium grandstand||$316|
|Ferrari (Jade)||Premium grandstand||$316|
|Main Grandstand||Free Seating||$145|
|K1 Grandstand||Free Seating||$93|
|F Grandstand||Free Seating||$66|
|C2 Hillstand||General Admission (covered)||$30|
|K2 Hillstand||General Admission (uncovered)||$24|
Grandstand FIn terms of bang for your buck, it doesn’t get much better than Grandstand F. Situated on the Eastern central section of the track, the cheapest grandstand in Sepang offers views of more than 50% of the lap, including turns 5 through to 8, the final hairpin bend and the main straight. The downside of the F Grandstand is that it is isolated. It’s a long way from the entrance and fan zone where the best atmosphere is found.
Grandstand K1Situated at the end of the main straight and with a view of turns 1 and 2, the affordable K1 grandstand is also a smart choice for fans wanting to see plenty of on-track action at Sepang. The best seats are high up in Block 1 with a front-on view of the main straight, pits and pit exit as well as the opening corners. Another reason why K1 is a good choice is its location, close to the main entrance circuit and mall area.
Main GrandstandThe majority of Sepang seating is located in the Main Grandstand complex, which comprises two tiers and can accommodate up to 30 000 fans. There are three main sections:
- North facing grandstands, with views of the start/finish straight, pits complex and Northern section of the track.
- South facing grandstands, with views of most of the Southern half of the track.
- Tower section, situated on the final hairpin bend between the back straight and the pit straight.