a red and white logo with a white background
Formula 1

A Spectator's Guide: Best Grandstands for the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Read the latest F1 news from around the web
Download the app

Tips and tricks for choosing the best grandstands at the Canadian GP for a thrilling race weekend

The Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal offers an exhilarating experience for race enthusiasts. The circuit's unique location on the Île Notre-Dame provides a picturesque backdrop, while the combination of high-speed straights and tight corners ensures thrilling racing action. In this blog, we'll explore the best grandstands to experience the Canadian GP to its fullest.

These are the top grandstands you should consider when planning a trip and buying tickets:

Canadian GP Best Grandstands

Grandstands 11 & 12 (Senna Corner)

Named after the legendary Ayrton Senna, these grandstands are situated at the circuit's first two corners. This complex is notorious for producing exciting overtaking maneuvers and occasional collisions. With a great view of the cars braking hard and jostling for position, Grandstands 11 and 12 offer an unforgettable experience for fans.

However, one downside to these grandstands is their distance from the Jean-Drapeau metro station, about 3.5km away. This may pose a challenge for those with mobility issues or those who prefer not to walk long distances. It's essential to consider this factor when choosing your grandstand.

Fans in Grandstands 11 and 12 have the option to select their seating block, and the slight price difference for premium sections is well worth the investment. The best sections of each grandstand offer more similarities to each other than to other sections in the same grandstand. In Grandstand 11, sections 1, 2, and 3 provide views from the distant Wall of Champions and the final corner to the exit of the Senna curve, encompassing the starting grid, turn 1, and the exit of the pit lane. Grandstand 11, sections 1 to 3, slightly edge out neighboring Grandstand 12 as the top choice for the Canadian GP. For fans seated in blocks 4, 5, 6, and 7 of Grandstand 11, their views will be partially obstructed by trees, limiting their sight of turn 1.

Grandstand 12 (sections 5, 6, and 7) offers a similar view to Grandstand 11 (sections 1, 2, and 3) but with a less direct perspective. Fans may need to adjust their seating position to face the main straight to avoid discomfort. On the plus side, the giant screen is closer for those seated in sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Grandstand 12. These fans can see turn 1, but their view to the left will be limited as the cars exit the Senna Curve.

Grandstand 1 (Main)

Located on the start-finish straight, Grandstand 1 provides a prime view of the pit lane, starting grid, and the podium ceremony. You'll witness the pre-race buildup, high-speed action along the straight, and pit-stop strategies as teams battle for position. Additionally, a giant screen opposite the grandstand ensures you won't miss a moment of the race.

Grandstand 15 (L'Epingle)

At the hairpin turn known as L'Epingle, Grandstand 15 offers a fantastic vantage point to witness drivers showcasing their skills as they navigate the circuit's tightest corner. From here, you'll see heavy braking, overtaking attempts, and acceleration onto the Casino Straight. A large screen ensures you stay up-to-date with the rest of the race action.

Grandstand 24 (Lance Stroll Grandstand)

The Lance Stroll Grandstand, formerly known as Grandstand 24, is a top contender for the best hairpin view at the Canadian GP. From this vantage point, fans can witness the hairpin up close, along with a clear view of the approach, extending nearly to turn 9. Those seated in the upper rows will enjoy an unobstructed view of the track, with the iconic Biosphere as a stunning backdrop for Instagram-worthy photos. With DRS activation available on this straight, expect to see thrilling overtaking moves unfold before your eyes.

Grandstand 31

The Champion Chicane is the circuit's final and most famous turn, known for its dramatic race-deciding moments. Grandstand 31 offers a perfect view of cars braking hard before navigating the chicane and accelerating towards the start-finish line. With the Wall of Champions on the outside, you'll witness drivers pushing the limits to gain crucial time.

General Admission (GA)

While not a grandstand, the General Admission areas offer a more budget-friendly option for race enthusiasts. With several viewing spots around the circuit, you'll have the flexibility to explore different vantage points throughout the weekend. The popular GA area near the hairpin, L'Epingle, is a fan favorite, offering excellent views of the action. Be warned though, you need to arrive before the gates open each morning and be ready to run for your seats to ensure the best views.

The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve offers a variety of grandstand options, each providing a unique perspective on the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix. From the high-speed Casino Straight to the dramatic Champion Chicane, there's a grandstand for every fan's preference. So, make sure to choose the best seat for your race weekend and soak up the thrilling atmosphere of the Canadian GP.

Looking for more on the Canadian Grand Prix?

If you’re attending the Canadian GP now or in the future, we highly recommend starting with our “Know Before You Go” discussion for all the insider tips and tricks you need to maximize your experience.

When you’re finished, jump into the Grand Prix Travel community on FanAmp and Reddit to ask questions, and be sure to visit our trusted partner, F1Destinations, for an in-depth analysis of every Grand Prix on the calendar.

Read all the latest Formula 1 news from around the web in the app
Download the app

Related Articles