The Connaught Grandstand at the Singapore F1 is one of the cheapest ways to get a grandstand seat for the Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit.
Being in Zone 4 it also means ticket holders can watch some of the best live music and entertainment across the weekend.
This guides provides everything you need to know about the Connaught stand if you’re considering buying tickets here. It includes examples of the view, a seating plan, tips on getting the best seats and how and where to buy your tickets.
Connaught Grandstand location
The Connaught Grandstand is located on the inside (left-hand side) of the Singapore GP layout just before Turn 14.
It’s in Zone 4 of the Marina Bay circuit campus and is opposite Theatres by the Bay. It backs on to Esplanade Park where the Padang Stage is located. That stage will host the biggest artists in the Singapore F1 concerts across the weekend.
Is the Connaught Grandstand a good place to sit?
Being in Zone 4 and very close to the Padang Stage, this is a great choice if you’re super keen to make the most of the live music and entertainment across the weekend. It’s literally only a couple of minutes’ walk away from the the stage. After the race has finished if you’re quick you can definitely get yourself a great view near the front of the stage.
It also provides a great spot to watch the firework display from after the race, as does Jubilee Bridge which is only a short walk away.
Regarding the on-track action, as you’ll see further down this article the view is pretty much limited to the braking zone and entry of Turn 14. The run up to Turn 14 is a long straight over Jubilee Bridge which is one of the Singapore DRS zones. This gives the drivers a chance to overtake, and on the brakes in to Turn 14 is where they’re likely to do it.
It’s not quite as much of a hotspot for overtaking at Turn 7, but you’re still likely to see a couple of passes here throughout a race. It’s also where Schumacher smashed in to Jean-Eric Vergne in 2012.
The Connaught Grandstand at the Singapore F1 isn’t covered. It’s open to the elements and it often rains during the Singapore Grand Prix, so bring some weather-proof clothing if you don’t want to get wet!
The seats are individual chairs with folding seat bases.
There is one giant TV screen visible from the grandstand. It’s on the other side of the track opposite the stand and is best viewed from the more central blocks in the stand.
Connaught Grandstand Singapore F1 Tickets
Tickets for the Connaught Grandstand can be purchased through the official Singapore Grand Prix website here.
For the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix a 3-day ticket in the Connaught stand cost S$598 / £350. That makes these some of the cheapest grandstand seats at the F1. The only cheaper seats are in the Stamford Grandstand which cost S$398 / £231.
Tickets for the Connaught Grandstand only give you access to Zone 4. It’s a Singapore Zone 4 Walkabout ticket with the addition of seats in the Connaught stand.
Zone 4 includes the Padang Stage, a couple of smaller stages, the Fan Zone and lots of food and drink options.
Other stands like the Turn 1, Turn 2 and Pit grandstands cost over S$1200, but include access to all zones. But to be honest Zones 1, 2 and 3 don’t offer much more than Zone 4, so you’re not missing out on much by just having Zone 4 access.
Tickets for all grandstands sell out incredibly quickly for the Singapore Grand Prix. For the 2023 race they all sold out within 6 hours of being released. Sales normally go live a year in advance of the race for the early-bird offers, so keep an eye out September / October the year before you want to attend for their release.
See our guide to purchasing Singapore F1 tickets for more information and alternative places to buy.
Selecting your seat
The Connaught Grandstand is split into a number of different blocks, and you can select which block you want to sit in.
Once you’ve chosen a block you will then have some specific seats automatically assigned to you. Unfortunately you don’t get to choose the seats or row yourself. You can head to your cart to see which seats you’ve been given.
If you’re not happy with your seats you can try going through the process again. But make sure you hit ‘Continue Shopping’ and leave the seats in your cart rather than removing them. At busy times there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get any other seats before they sell out, so keeping your first assigned ones in your cart means that some seats are better than no seats!
If you do manage to get some different seats within your 10 minute window you can then head back to your cart, remove the ones you don’t want and purchase the ones you do.
Connaught Grandstand F1 Seating Plan
Below is the seating plan for the Connaught Grandstand at the Singapore F1. As it shows there are 8 different blocks in the stand. Block A8 is the closest to Turn 14.
The grandstand is tiered. The front rows are at track level and right on the edge of the circuit. The back row, row 15, is higher up and gives a slightly elevated vantage point.
It’s quite a small grandstand compared to some of the others which have over 40 rows, so the back rows in Connaught aren’t miles high off the ground.
Connaught Grandstand view
From the Connaught Grandstand you can see the end of the long straight and the braking zone in to Turn 14. You can just about see the cars apex Turn 14 before disappearing behind the barriers towards the next corner.
The map below shows the areas of the track that can be seen from here highlighted in green.
If you sit on the far right of the stand (as you look at the track) you’ll have less of a view of Turn 14 as you’ll lose sight of the cars behind the barrier on the inside of the corner sooner.
The video below was filmed from Block A1, row 5, seat 19 which is the furthest block to the right.
If you sit on the far left hand side of the stand everything gets better. You can see the cars longer as they go around Turn 14 and you have a better view of them coming down the straight towards you. Plus if you’re on the extreme left you can look to the left of the stand and will have an amazing view of Turn 8 as well.
This video was filmed from Block A8 seat 1. The first half of the video is from row 14 and the second half is from row 8. The end of the video shows the view of Turn 8. The only downside to being this far left is that the TV screen is at a bit more of an angle.
Sitting more central gives you a better view of the TV. The IG post below was filmed from Block A3 row 11 and has a straight view of the screen.
If you sit in the lowest rows you’ll have the fence right in front of you and that makes it hard to see the cars to your left or right. Sitting higher up gives a better vantage point everywhere in this stand.
Connaught Grandstand best seats
Without a doubt the best seats in the Singapore F1 Connaught Grandstand are as far to the left and as high up as you can get. Block A8, rows 8 and above are the prime seats here, no question.
The higher the seat numbers the better, and if you can grab the seats on the end then you can see Turn 8 as well, like in the video above. Two corners for the price of one!
Sitting more centrally in the stand gives you the benefit of look at the TV straight on. There’s no benefit to sitting further to the right in the stand.
Being in the front row puts you incredibly close to the action (the cars are literally a couple of feet in front of you) but your view in either direction is restricted.
Nearest Entrance & MRT Station
The nearest entrances are through gates 3A, 3B and 7 which are for Zone 4. With these tickets you can’t use other gates which give you access to any other zone. See our full guide to the Singapore GP entrances for more info.
The nearest MRT stations are City Hall station (EW13 / NS25) and Esplanade (CC3), both of which are only a couple of minutes’ walk away.
Check out the Singapore F1 schedule to see timings for on and off-track activity across the weekend.