Brabham grandstand location
The Brabham grandstand, named after the three-time F1 World Champion and most successfull Australian racing driver ever Jack Brabham, is located on the inside (right-hand side) of the Australian Grand Prix circuit next to Turn 1.
It’s well located to see any first-corner incidents on the Albert Park circuit.
Tickets - Australian Grand Prix
You can purchase tickets for this grandstand at the Melbourne Grand Prix from the official Australian Formula One website.
Tickets can be purchased for a number of different days:
- 1 day ticket (Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday)
- 2 day ticket (Saturday and Sunday)
- 3 day ticket (Friday to Sunday)
- 4 day ticket (Thursday to Sunday)
It’s a four-day race weekend but there’s not actually any Formula 1 activity on the Thursday, it’s only support race action. See the full Australian F1 event schedule for full details and timings of each Formula One session.
There’s only standard seats available in this stand, unless you want to pay a lot more for the VIP option of the Brabham Suites at the top of the stand.
Tickets for this grandstand get you a reserved seat, access to all the Park Pass General Admission viewing areas, access to the Fan Zones and music concerts for the day of your ticket.
See my page on the Australian Grand Prix ticket prices for info on the cost of attending this year’s race.
There’s one large TV screen visible from this grandstand. It’s on the other side of the circuit, across the gravel trap on the outside of Turn 1, next to the Jones grandstand. It’s pretty far away so a pair of binoculars helps a lot.
The seats are chairs with a fixed base and back. They’re not super comfortable so a small cushion is a great idea.
This grandstand is uncovered. There’s no protection from the sun. Only the hospitality section at the top is covered.
See my tips on what to wear to the Aus GP for suggestions on how to stay comfortable if you’re not in the shade.
Brabham grandstand seating map
Below is the Brabham grandstand seating plan for the Australian Grand Prix.
The grandstand is made up of 8 different sections going from A to H. The rows in each section start from A lowest down and increase to V at the back. There’s no row I or O.
As the seating plan shows, the seat numbers start from 1 at the beginning of each section and increase from left to right (as you stand on the track and look up at the grandstand). Each section is 30 seats wide (or they might be 31 seats wide this season).
Brabham grandstand view at the Aus GP circuit
The map below shows the parts of the circuit that you have a view of from this grandstand coloured in pink.
As the map shows, you can only see the very end of the braking zone for Turn 1, where the cars will appear in to your view very quickly before they dive for the apex of the first corner.
The video below was filmed seated in section A row P, the furthest section to the left, showing the carnage at the 2023 Australian Grand Prix.
The video doesn’t show it, but if you’re seated in the end couple of seats of section A you can also turn around to your left to get a better view of the cars approaching Turn 1. That’s the only place in the stand you can do that.
This next video was filmed from the other end of the stand, section H row R.
This is the furthest section to the right, and even though it was filmed from somewhere around seat 15 it still shows that you get a view not just of turns 1 and 2, but of the run down towards Turn 3 as well.
The next video was filmed from section B row V, the furthest row back in the standard seating area.
And as a comparison this video was filmed from section F row E, the fifth row from the front.
It shows how being lower down gives you a much narrower field of view and whilst you’re closer to the action, the safety fence gets in the way a bit.
Best seats Brabham grandstand
The best seats in the Brabham grandstand are those in the top 5 rows, R to V. The higher vantage point further back from the track makes a massive difference in this stand.
Because of the way the grand stand is positioned and the shape of the track, sitting low down doesn’t get you much closer to the circuit itself. So I don’t think there’s any benefit to sitting in the front rows as the fence just gets in your way.
As for which section to go for, I’d personally want to be viewing the action from the middle to right-hand side of the grandstand, so sections F, G or H.
From those blocks you’ll be able to see just as much of Turn 1, but the further right you go the more you can see of the exit of Turn 2, where the Alpine teammates crashed in 2023.
The other option is to try and sit on the extreme left hand side of section A, ideally in seats 29 or 30, so you can look to the left to see the cars approach the first corner.
Is this a good place to sit?
If you’re the type of Formula 1 fan who wants to see some overtaking and action during the Grand Prix then this is one of the best places to sit at the Albert Park circuit.
As we saw in 2023 turns 1 and 2 are a recipe from some wheel-to-wheel action, and fans sat here that year had the best seats in the house for a couple of massive crashes. You’re bound to be in for some entertainment.
If you’re more interested in seeing the pit lane action then you need a spot in the Fangio grandstand.
This grandstand is situated only a very short walk away from the main stage and F1 Fan Zone, so there’s plenty to do when you want a break from sitting in your seat. There’s lot of food and drink sellers plus other amenities right behind the stand as well.
If the standard seats aren’t luxurious enough for you, you can check out the Brabham Champions Club. This luxury offering get you seats in the VIP area at the top of this stand that’s covered.
That package costs thousands of dollars and is offered by F1 Experiences, the official reseller of Formula 1 VIP tickets. They also offer luxury travel and hotel packages to get you to the race.
Entrance gate 1 at Albert Parkis the closest, you just have to go over a pedestrian bridge that crosses the circuit at the end of the main straight to get there.