Tickets – 2017 Malaysia F1 Grand Prix

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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!

TicketsTypePrice in $USD
Mercedes / Red Bull (Crystal)Premium grandstand $316
Ferrari (Jade) Premium grandstand$316
Main GrandstandFree Seating$145
K1 GrandstandFree Seating$93
F GrandstandFree Seating$66
C2 HillstandGeneral Admission (covered)$30
K2 HillstandGeneral Admission (uncovered)$24
Need to know
Sepang offers some of the best viewing opportunities of any current F1 circuit. Most grandstands give you the chance to see multiple corners. Malaysia also offers ‘Free Friday’, which means you are free to check out all the grandstands and spectator areas of the Sepang circuit on the first day of the event. All grandstands have access to viewing screens, though they are pretty small and distant; bring along binoculars to guarantee yourself a good view. All grandstands are covered.
Best Sepang tickets?
With the new ticket offer, it’s hard to go past Main grandstand tickets, as you can watch the action from multiple vantage points. You also can’t go wrong with K1 on the first corner. Grandstand F has good views, but it’s just too isolated from the atmosphere and action away from the track. If you are on a real budget, then the covered C2 Hillstand is excellent value and offers good panoramic views, but is more isolated from the rest of the action than the K2 Hillstand.

Grandstand F

In 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 K1

Situated 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 Grandstand

The 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.

Both North and South sections of the Main Grandstand complex are divided into two tiers. The upper tier is smaller and offers much better viewing opportunities than the lower tier, where the views are less panoramic and partly obscured by the catch fencing. Please note that even though the Main Grandstand is now all free seating (with the exception of the ‘team grandstands’) we have retained the naming below to show you the different views you can expect from these tickets.

Main Grandstand: Sapphire (Upper) & Turquoise (Lower)

These grandstands are sitauted at the western end of the Main Grandstand and provide a great view of the first corner, where there is always lots of overtaking. Also good for some pit action (being opposite pit numbers 19-30) and the pit exit.

Main Grandstand: Emerald (Upper) & Jade (Lower)

Emerald (upper tier) and Jade (lower tier) are located on the pit straight ahead after the start-finish line and with a view of pit numbers 7-18, which are normally used by the midfield teams. Good for pit action, the race start/finish and podium celebrations, but with little in the way of on-track action otherwise. Please note that the Ferrari premium tickets are located in the Jade grandstand.

Main Grandstand: Diamond (Upper) & Crystal (Lower)

The Diamond and Crystal grandstands are located opposite the start-finish line and pits 1 to 7, where the top teams are located. A great spot to watch the pre-race preparation, start, finish and podium ceremony. If on-track action is more important to you, then save yourself some money and go for grandstands such as K1 or F. Please note that the Mercedes & Red Bull premium tickets are located in the Crystal grandstand.

Main Grandstand: Ruby (Upper Tier) & Garnet (Lower Tier)

Ruby and Garnet are the upper and lower tier grandstands in the north part of the Main Grandstand. Located at the eastern end of the pit straight, these grandstands don’t offer a view of the pits, but you can see Turn 5, as well as the pit entrance. The last few cars also line up on the grid for the race in front of these grandstands.

Main Grandstand: Tower

There are four different seating sections in the distinctive Tower section of the Main Grandstand, which is located on the final corner of the circuit. The Tower lets you check out panoramic views of different parts of the circuit and is a great place to watch the action.

Main Grandstand: Topaz (Upper) & Citrine (Lower)

There’s only two grandstands on the southern half of the main grandstand, Topaz on the upper tier and Citrine on the lower tier. Both offer panoramic views of the southern half of the Sepang Circuit, from turn 8 all the way to the final turn 13 hairpin.. The Citrine zone, on the Lower Tier of the Southern Grandstand, doesn’t offer such good panoramic views of the Southern half of the circuit.

Hillstand (General Admission) Tickets

Hillstand tickets are the cheapest at Sepang; there are six large, open, raised areas around the track (one of which – C2 – is partly covered) that provide a great viewing experience for budget conscious fans. Most Hillstand tickets are reserved for local fans, but two sections are available for general purchase, K2 and C2. In our opinion, the best hillstand section is C2, which offers views over much of the southern half of the circuit, especially turns 9 to 11. There also excellent panoramic views of the final turn and tower complex. It also offers protection from the rain and sun, which is very important consideration in the tropical heat of Malaysia. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to bring along a hat, sunscreen, rain jacket, umbrella, plus a folding chair or something to sit on. The C2 area is pretty big and even on race day, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a good spot to watch the action. We also recommend making the effort to visit C2 on Friday to take in the elevated views of the circuit.

VIP & Hospitality Tickets

Details for 2017 are not yet available.

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  1. Lankan says:

    HI, could you tell me which tickets allow a pitlane walk? what are the differences etc, thanks

  2. Andy says:

    Any idea if there will be any single-day tickets released or they’re only planning to sell three-day ones?

    • Editor says:

      I don’t think there will be single day tickets, sorry. But the 3-day ones are pretty cheap!

      • Andy says:

        Indeed, its reputation for being the cheapest on the calendar seems justified – I’d got it into my head that there were single-day tickets available for last year’s race when starting to look into it previously, but looking at old versions of this page I now think I was mistaken…. Thanks for the prompt response!

  3. Wayne says:

    Hi
    I have brought tickets to this race ,do they get sent to me or how does it work

    • Editor says:

      Hi Wayne, it depends where you bought the tickets and what delivery method you chose. I think that Sepang offers an eticket option, where you just print out your ticket. But better check with whoever you bought from

      • Siva says:

        Hi Sir, Any chance for me to host you in Malaysia during the F1 calendar. I’m also a F1 fan. Looking for good deal on ticket.

        • Editor says:

          Hi Siva, sorry I can’t offer you any special deal on tickets. I don’t get anything myself! But I will be at Sepang for the Malaysia Grand Prix, looking forward to it!

          • Simon says:

            Hi

            A friend and I are heading there this weekend and wondered if there are regularly tickets available at the gate, they seem sold out online?

    • Kellie says:

      I purchased my tickets from the Sepang site and they were emailed to me to print off. worked well

  4. Andrew says:

    Hi where do i purchase early bid ticket for the grand prix

    • Editor says:

      Hi Andrew, there are no early-bird discounts this year, but all tickets are already on sale. If you are Malaysian, I suggest buying via the Sepang website (you get a discount with a MyKAD card). Otherwise, you can buy here.

  5. Richard Young says:

    Could you buy tickets for say, Crystal and K1 and walk between them?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Richard. Yes, you could buy both Crystal (Mercedes/Red Bull premium) tickets and K1 tickets, then divide your time between the two places. I don’t think that the premium tickets are a very good deal however. I estimate it would take around 10-15 minutes to walk between the two grandstands. Don’t forget that Malaysia also has ‘Free Friday’ when you can sit in any grandstand you wish. Andrew

      • Richard Young says:

        Thanks. This will be our honeymoon trip and (although I have watched every race since the 80’s) it is also my first time going to a race. So I don’t mind paying the extra to make it perfect (but don’t want to waste my money either).
        One other question: On the ticket sites it looks like you can only choose your stand and not the seats or even the block. Is this right or do you get the option further along the order prosess

        • Editor says:

          Enjoy your honeymoon! You’ll definitely be able to get a nice hotel in Kuala Lumpur for a decent price. As to tickets, I don’t think the Premium ones are worth it at all. If you want some variety, then go for Main Grandstand (open seating) + K1 and you will have your bases well covered. With Gootickets you cannot choose specific seats, but can make a request and they will try to accommodate you from their allocation.

  6. Aysha says:

    Hello,

    Will the C2 seating do you have screens so you can see what’s happening the rest of the race. My friends and I are looking for fairly cheap seating so C2 looked decent.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Aysha, normally there are not any large viewing screens in C2 area. I don’t know if the organizers are planning something for 2017, but please don’t count on it. I suggest paying a little more for F or K1 grandstand if you want to see a screen. But please take along binoculars, as the screens at Sepang are quite small and far away.

      • Aysha says:

        Thank you for your tip! it is much appreciated.

        In your experience, what is better for race viewing (action etc.) is F or K1?

        Because this is our last opportunity and 1st opportunity to go, we don’t want to get it wrong!

        • Editor says:

          Hi Aysha, I would go for K1 as there is much better atmosphere and it is closer to the F1 village etc. Grandstand F is good, but very isolated!

  7. Leon says:

    Hi
    If you buy Team Grandstand tickets can you walk around to other stands like F and other areas of Main Grand Stand or are you restricted to your seat. What is best to buy for viewing race itself
    Thanks

    • Editor says:

      Hi Leon, all ticketholders you can go anywhere on Friday (the so-called “Free Friday” when all viewing areas are open, including grandstand F and the hillstands – I recommend checking out C2). For Saturday and Sunday, you will also have access to all other areas of the Main Grandstand with a Team Grandstand ticket. For viewing the race itself, I would go for K1 or Main grandstand. I will be going for Main Grandstand this year, because it gives you a lot of freedom to watch from different vantage points.

  8. Dave says:

    Hi Mate,
    What ticket gets me into the diamond section? Is that just a main grandstand ticket or a team tribune ticket? Also if I buy a tribune package can i get into the diamond section?

    cheers.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Dave, you will be able to get into the Diamond section with a Main grandstand ticket. If you do buy a tribune packages, you will still get access to all Main Grandstand areas, including Diamond. I don’t see the point of paying up for the team tribunes personally, and will be buying Main Grandstand tickets myself. See you there!

  9. Faez Haiqal says:

    Hi mate,

    Which section is the in The Main Grandstand area? It would be my first F1 race and I’ll be going with my girlfriend. So I hope it’ll be a memorable experience. What’s your suggestion? Appreciate your reply

    • Editor says:

      Hi Faez, the main grandstand this year is basically all the sections in this picture. Only two lower sections will be off limits for the fan tribunes, in Jade and Crystal. We recommend the Main Grandstand tickets this year – lots of places to watch the action!

  10. Leah says:

    Hey,

    My partner has brought the Premium package, as now reading above it’s not something you would highly recommend, could you give us any other tips?
    Thank you

    • Editor says:

      Hi Leah, you will be fine with the Premium Package, I just don’t think it’s the best deal. I’ll be buying my Main Grandstand ticket + 3-day KLIA train tickets, then pocketing the change:) I can’t think of any other tips that I haven’t already stated in the rest of our guide, but feel free to ask any specific questions! Andy

  11. aditya says:

    particularly interested on what recording tools you got for above videos. looked very stable and high enough resolution :)

  12. Sami says:

    Hi, does “free seating” in the main grandstand mean basically first come first serve? So basically as long as you have a grandstand ticket you can sit anywhere in the main grandstand (apart from the Mercedes/Ferrari/RB area)?

    • Editor says:

      Yes, that’s correct Sami. You will be able to sit anywhere you like in the mall area, which includes the big grandstands on the pit straight, back straight and final corner (Tower).

  13. Lisa says:

    Hi Andy

    I’ve not been to the Malaysian Grand Prix before and was wondering what opportunities there are for getting the Drivers’ autographs? I saw there was a session last year on race day, but was wondering if there’s a lane (like the Melbourne Walk) where the Drivers might give you an autograph on their way passed?

    Thanks in advance :)

    Lisa

    • Editor says:

      Hi Lisa, I don’t think there are any real opportunities at the track for getting driver’s autographs (apart from the session on race day morning). That’s because the drivers enter the circuit through a dedicated tunnel that goes straight to the paddock. You may also get lucky at the pitlane walk on Friday evening, but it happens quite late and we didn’t see any drivers when we did this in 2015. The other option is to stake out the hotels where the teams stay in the city – but I am not sure which hotels they are, sorry!

  14. Kary says:

    Hi I plan to attend this year’s race but I have never been to Malaysia. I am thinking about the main grandstand or K1, they each have their attractions (perhaps I will sit at the grandstand on Friday and K1 for the race. Anyway, I would like to know whether it is better to stay in hotels near the track or in KL? I am not a night person so I probably won’t go out at night much. If I choose to stay near the track, how do I search for hotels? (I don’t see an option for the areas near the track). Thanks for any recommendation.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Kary, K1 is a really good grandstand, but this year I am going to choose the main grandstand, as it is all unreserved seating and so gives many more places to watch the action on Saturday/Sunday. On Friday, you can go anywhere you want of course! I definitely recommend staying in the center of KL, even if it means you can go for some food or shopping after you get back from the circuit. It’s pretty quick with the fast train connection from the airport to the city. However, if you do want to stay near the track, you can search for accommodation close to the airport, KLIA.

      • Kary says:

        Thanks for reply, really appreciate that. I saw in one of your replies that the main grandstand ticket allows you to sit anywhere in the ‘main block’, that’s pretty awesome. If I may, I would like to know how best to commute between the track and KL? the train? where can I buy a package ticket in advance? Thanks again for your valuable information.

        • Editor says:

          Hi Kary, yes the Main grandstand area (main straight, back straight, plus Tower Grandstand on the corner) is all free seating for 2017, so it gives you good opportunities to move around and get different views of the action. Best way to get from the track to KL is via the KLIA Ekspres – this is the train from the airport to the city (KL Sentral) and when you buy the special ticket for the F1 weekend, it also includes a shuttle bus from the airport to the Sepang circuit. You will be able to buy various ticket combinations (single or multiple days) on the Sepang website; prices are already listed, but the purchase links are not yet available. There are also “Rapid KL” buses from the city to the circuit on GP weekend; this is a cheaper, but slower option. More info is also in our Getting There and Around guide.

  15. Patric Gerards says:

    Hi, i have tickets for the F-grandstand. Is it allowed to enter a hill stand with this ticket on Saturday/Sunday or are these closed areas?

    And how to get to the F-grandstand from the entrance? is it a walk around the circuit, or are there any ‘shortcuts’ underneath the circuit?

    Thanks.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Patric, you cannot enter the hillstand on Saturday or Sunday unless you have a ticket, but they are pretty cheap to buy! There is a shuttle bus to get to Grandstand F from the main entrance. I don’t recommend walking, it’s hot and humid! More details in Getting There & Around.

  16. Sherwin says:

    Will there be an after race concert this year? Haven’t seen any updates about the after race event this year.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Sherwin, I don’t think so. There has been no announcements yet. There will be a small stage with some local acts in the F1 fanzone area, but I think that’s all.

  17. Chris says:

    I bought tickets for then Main Grandstand and got the “print at home” option. Does anyone know if these get exchanged for a proper pass/lanyard at the circuit, or is the paper ticket all I get? For one thing, I’d like something as a keepsake – but a paper ticket’s also not going to hold up well over 3 days.

    Thanks!

    • Editor says:

      Not 100% sure Chris, but I think you won’t get a proper ticket/keepsake. In which case, I suggest printing a few copies (leave a couple at the hotel?) and/or getting some kind of plastic pocket to keep your ticket from falling apart in your pocket!

    • Sharon says:

      In previous years the paper tickets have not been exchanged for a proper pass. We were there last year.

      • Editor says:

        Thanks for the confirmation Sharon. I actually bought my ticket for the “finale” yesterday and chose the print at home option. I can live without a proper ticket! Looking forward to the race!

    • Yong says:

      there’s a fine print on my e-ticket which says “e-ticket may be exchanged to official ticket at RM20 each @customer service centre”

  18. Shreeram Agarwal says:

    Do we also get staying facilities there or are these prices just for entry to the circuit? And if not can help me out with staying facility details?Please do reply.

    • Editor says:

      You only get circuit entry with your ticket. When you say “staying facilities” I guess you mean a hotel? The circuit is close to the KLIA (international airport) where there is some hotels, but I prefer to stay in the center of Kuala Lumpur. More info in our Accommodation guide.

  19. Darren Housley says:

    Hi, my father has tickets to the GP in Malaysia this year he has general admin ticket, is there any way of purchasing a one entry pit pass or anything

    • Editor says:

      Hi Darren, you mean he has a “hillstand” ticket? That’s the equivalent of General Admission at Sepang. In answer to your question, the basic answer is no. The cheapest offer from F1Experiences (the Podium package) includes a paddock tour and party; it costs $749 and includes C2 Hillstand. There’s no other offer I am aware of. One other point to remember is the pitlane walk for fans, which normally happens at the end of the day on Friday; starting in the area behind the main grandstand around 18:30, but fans queue up earlier. Hope that helps

      • Darren Housley says:

        Thanks mate was trying to think of a Father’s Day present but not to be separated from his mates he is going with for the whole time, il let him know of the walk thanks for that

  20. Tony says:

    I can only attend on Free Friday. I can see that I can sit anywhere once I’m inside the track, but do you know if I need to buy a ticket to get inside? It’s not clear if it is free entry, or just free (unreserved) seating.

  21. Deepak Agarwal says:

    Hi. I am looking for 2 Ferrari Tribune tickets for the Malaysian F! GP from 29Sep-01Oct 2017.
    Is there any way you can arrange the same?

    • Editor says:

      Sorry Deepak, tickets for the team tribunes are sold out. But in my opinion, they are not very good value anyway. Buy the main grandstand tickets instead!

  22. Deepak Agarwal says:

    I have already purchased 2 Grand stand tickets but I was told yesterday that the Pit walk would not be included in these tickets. Therefore looking to upgrade to Ferrari tribune. Can you please check with the supplier and let me know asap

    • Editor says:

      Hi Deepak, who told you that regular ticket holders cannot take part in the pitlane walk? The promotional material for the tribune tickets states that these tickets includ “Priority Lane For Free Pit Lane Walk.” That indicates that the pitlane walk is still free for other ticket holders. There is no full weekend timetable published yet for the Malaysia GP. We will know more when this is released.

  23. Jerome says:

    Hi, i bought tickets on the F1 website or rather “The Official F1® Ticket Store” for the Malaysian (Sepang) race. I bought the tickets on the 21 July already. When i made enquiries about when the etickets will be sent i was told 10 days before race day. Do you or anyone on this forum know if this website is legit? I am so worried, especially reading a comment whereby the reader bought from Sepang and received their eticket immediately.
    If anyone can advise i will greatly appreciate it.

    • Editor says:

      Don’t worry Jerome, the F1 website tickets are legit (they are too expensive, but that’s another issue!) I suggest sending an email to find out when you can print out your tickets.

  24. Edith says:

    Hi, have you ever bought tickets from F1 official website? I have bought two for Malaysia GP, it said e-tickets will be available for downloading 3-4 weeks before the event, but it is still not available, a bit worry about this. Does anyone have similar problem?

    • Editor says:

      No, I have never bought from official F1 website as the tickets are around 20% more expensive than from the circuit or other ticket sellers. I bought Malaysia GP tickets from the Sepang circuit with immediate E-ticket download option. Sorry I can’t help you, but I’m sure it will be fine!

  25. Jas says:

    Hi! Do you know if Row A is towards the bottom or at the top? Thanks!

  26. Oliver Groenewegen says:

    Hi,

    We are landing at 14:05 (01-10)at the airport, i was wondering if we can buy a ticket (hillstand) at the door? I don’t wanna buy tickets in advance cause there is always a chance of a delay and in that case we don’t go to the race.

    Kind egards,

    Oliver The Netherlands

    • Editor says:

      You land at 14:05 and the race begins at 15:00, so not much time, especially if you need to wait for baggage etc. Anyway, you should be able to buy a hillstand ticket at the gate on the date. Good luck making it on time!

  27. Fritz says:

    Hi, I and my wife will be there at KL to watch Malaysian GP. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to buy tickets online. Can we just buy on-site tickets on the race day? Thanks

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