Image: Matthew Walker
Here’s my spectating guide for the Hill grandstand at the Australian Grand Prix.
It includes a seating plan, tips on getting the best seats and examples of the view from the stand.
The grandstand is located on the outside of Turn 3 on the Albert Park F1 circuit. It used to be called the Piquet stand but changed name in 2023 to the Hill stand.
It’s on the far side of a gravel trap and is on the opposite side of the circuit to the Ricciardo stand.
- Cover: Uncovered
- TV screen: One big TV screen visible, off to the right hand side behind the barrier
- Seats: Plastic seats with a fixed back, folding base
Tickets at the Australian Grand Prix
The only tickets available for this grandstand are standard tickets. There’s no premium ticket option as the whole stand is uncovered.
You can purchase grandstand tickets through the official Australian GP website. If there’s no tickets available there then you can try an official authorised reseller.
Tickets come in options of 1, 2, 3 or 4 days as the Melbourne Grand Prix is live from Thursday to Sunday.
See the full Australian Grand Prix timetable for details of Formula 1 and support race on-track activity each day of the race weekend.
A ticket will get you a reserved seat in this stand plus roaming access to all of the Park Pass General Admission viewing areas around the whole Albert Park circuit.
Hill grandstand seating plan
Below is the Hill grandstand Australia GP seating plan.
- Sections: 4 sections named A to D.
- Rows: Sections A, B, C have rows A to J. Section D is slightly smaller with rows A to G. Row A is lowest down at the front. No row I.
- Seat: Each section has between 24 and 27 seats, see the seating chart below for details. Numbered seating begins at 1 in each section.
The image shows the areas of the circuit visible from this stand highlighted in pink.
As the image shows, the total amount of track that you can view from this grandstand isn’t very large.
The grandstand is far enough over towards Turn 3 to get a very good view of the cars approaching that corner. And to the left of the stand there are some trees which block the view looking towards Turn 4.
The videos below were filmed in the old Piquet grandstand (before it changed to the Hill stand in 2023 and they took the roof off it). The section layout of the old stand was slightly different, so below I’ve listed the equivalent position from the new stand.
This video shows the view from section A row 2.
4:47 in this video was filmed from section C back row.
This video was filmed from section D back row.
The best seats in the Hill grandstand at the Australian Grand Prix are those in section A row J, lowest seat numbers.
I’d want to be as far to the right of the grandstand as possible to get as much of a view of the Formula 1 cars entering Turn 3 as I could.
I would also want to be as high as possible in the stand, to see over the fence as much as possible and have a wider vantage point.
Other grandstands at the Australia GP
There’s always a lot of overtaking and action that happens at Turn 3, so it’s a good place to be sat to see some very close racing. You’re likely to see some cars go off the circuit and end up in the gravel trap right in front of you too, as they did last year.
But for what you get, the ticket price for seats in the Hill stand is pretty high.
It costs the same to sit in the Ricciardo stand on the other side of the track. I would 100% recommend getting tickets for that one instead as the view from there is much, much better.
If you’re on a budget but still want to see some overtaking and wheel-to-wheel racing then check out the cheaper Moss grandstand on the outside of Turn 1.
Here all my guides to all the other grandstands at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park circuit:
Entrance gate 3 is closest to this grandstand. Aim for that (or gate 2, the second closest) when planning your travel to the GP circuit.