Combes grandstand at Spa Francorchamps is positioned between turns 7 and 8, Malmedy and Rivage (also known as Bruxelles).
The grandstand is split in to two halves. Each half is made up of two different blocks, giving four blocks in total which is why it’s called Combes 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. Depending on which block you sit in your view will be drastically different.
This article provides a full guide to the grandstand, explains where the different sections are, provides a seating chart and example views from each.
what is Combes grandstand at Spa Francorchamps?
The Combes grandstand is a premium seating area with individual reserved seats that are raised up to give a slightly elevated vantage point at the side of the track. These are usually only available for the Formula 1 race weekend.
At the 2023 Belgian F1 Grand Prix the grandstand was split in to two halves. There was a gap between the two halves. so each of them gave quite different viewpoints.
At 1:11 in the video below you can see the two different grandstand blocks off to the right hand side of the circuit.
The image below, taken from the video, shows this a little more clearly. Both of these grandstands are known as the Combes grandstand at Spa Francorchamps.
Combes grandstand location
The Combes grandstands are located between Turn 7 Malmedy and Turn 8 Rivage (also known as Bruxelles). They’re on the outside (left-hand side) of the track just after the exit of Malmedy.
Malmedy directly follows the right-left of Les Combes, which is a heavy braking zone after the long Kemmel Straight that features one of the Spa Francorchamps DRS Zones. The cars join the Kemmel Straight after going through the fearsome Eau Rouge and Raidillon corners.
Combes grandstand blocks 1 2 3 4
You can buy tickets for the Combes grandstand at Spa directly through the official Spa Grand Prix website.
When you do so, you’ll see that you can select tickets in Combes grandstands blocks 1, 2, 3 or 4. The layout of these can be seen on the image below.
Blocks 1 and 2 are in the half that’s closest to Malmedy. Blocks 3 and 4 are in the half closest to Rivage.
You cannot select your specific seats in any of the stands at Spa, with the exception of the Max Verstappen grandstand. When you book your tickets you’ll be randomly assigned some seats. You’ll be assigned seats next to each other based on the number of tickets you purchase in one order.
Whilst you can’t pick your individual seat, at the Combes grandstand you can chose your section number. Read on for more information on the view from the different sections.
- All sections of the Combes grandstand are uncovered and completely open to the elements
- The seats are fixed individual chairs with seat backs
- Each of the two halves of the grandstand has a giant TV visible. The TVs are on the other side of the track directly opposite each block.
This section of the track is quite narrow, the grandstands are close to the edge of the track and the TVs are directly on the other side of the armco barriers across the circuit. So the screens are easily visible without binoculars.
Combes grandstand seating chart
Below is the seating chart for the Combes grandstand at Spa Francorchamps.
As the seating chart shows, within each block are a number of different sections named A, B, C or D.
The sections increase from left to right as you stand on the track and look at the grandstands. The sections start from A at the beginning of each block.
Each part of the grandstand will have row 1 at the front, lowest down and closest to the track.
The seat numbers increase from right to left as you stand on the track and look at the stand.
view from the Combes grandstand at Spa
blocks1 & 2
Blocks 1 and 2 are the closest to Malmedy corner. There is a large catch fence directly in front of the stand which you’ll be looking through, regardless of where in this part of the stand you sit.
From block 1 on the extreme right hand side of the stand you have the best view of the cars coming around Turn 7. You can even just about see them exit the final part of Les Combes before they turn in to Malmedy.
You then have a view of them as the head down hill towards Rivage, but the fans to the left of you in the stand will block your view of that slightly.
The map below shows the parts of the circuit visible from blocks 1 and 2 of the Combes grandstand highlighted in pink. The further to the right you sit in the stand, the more you can see before they reach Malmedy.
The video below was filmed from block 1, just a few seats from the end of the stand in section A. This gives you an idea of the view and also shows the giant TV visible from here.
blocks 3 & 4
Blocks 3 and 4 of the Combes grandstand are further down the hill and closer to the entry of Rivage corner. From here the earliest you can see the cars is once they’ve exited Malmedy. But you have a much better view of them entering Rivage.
If you sit in block 4 you get the best view possible of Rivage, as you’re able to see the cars turn in to the corner and disappear out of view just as they make the apex.
The map below shows how much of the track can be seen from blocks 3 and 4 of the Combes grandstand.
This video taken after the race in 2022 from block 3 gives an idea of how much of the circuit can be seen from here.
is the Combes grandstand a good place to sit at Spa?
If I was booking tickets for the Belgian Grand Prix and was looking at the Combes grandstand, I would try and get tickets in block 1. From here you have the best view of any of the Combes stand sections of Malmedy, and if you’re lucky enough to be assigned some seats in the highest rows you can also catch a glimpse of Les Combes.
Being at the end of the long Kemmel Straight, one of the Spa DRS zones, Les Combes and Malmedy always see some close racing and overtaking. In the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix Hamilton and Alonso crashed here on the first lap. On the second lap, Latifi spun off and tagged Bottas who ended up in the gravel on the outside of Malmedy.
In contrast, by the time the cars have reached Rivage they’re more likely to be in single file and less likely to try and overtake each other. This, for me, is why section 1 is the best of the Combes grandstands to sit in.
nearest parking / camping area
other Spa grandstands
Check out our spectator guides to the other grandstands at Spa Francorchamps:
- Max Verstappen stand
- Speed Corner grandstand
- 17 – 27 area grandstand
- Gold 1 pit grandstand
- Gold 2 GP2 grandstand
- Gold 3 grandstand
- Gold 4 grandstand
- Gold 6 grandstand
- Gold 7 grandstands
- Gold 8 grandstand
- Gold 9 grandstand
- Silver 1 grandstand
- Silver 2 grandstand
- Silver 3 grandstand
- Silver 4 grandstand
- Silver 6 grandstand