Jones Grandstand Views, Seating Plan, Best Seats – Aus GP

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Jones Grandstand at the Australian Grand Prix

Image credit Tyler Ravensak

Jones grandstand location

This grandstand is named after the Australian F1 driver and 1980 World Champion Alan Jones.

It’s on the outside (left-hand) side of the Albert Park circuit layout, next to the first corner.

Jones grandstand map at the Melbourne F1 circuit

It starts in line with the track and then extends past the edge of the circuit. The Moss grandstand is directly adjacent to the right, and the big Brabham grandstand is opposite on the inside of the corner.

Jones, Moss, Brabham and Fangio grandstands

Other grandstands

These are the other grandstands at the Melbourne Formula 1 circuit. Click the links on each for the full grandstand guide with lots more information:

Australian Grand Prix grandstand map

Tickets - Australian Grand Prix

Tickets for this grandstand can be purchased from the official Australian Grand Prix website. You can also find them for sale by some ticket resellers if they’re sold out on the official site.

Tickets for this stand come in different numbers of days:

  • 1 day ticket (Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday)
  • 2 day ticket (Saturday and Sunday)
  • 3 day ticket (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
  • 4 day ticket (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

There isn’t actually any Formula 1 action taking place on the Thursday. That day is just for the support races like the awesome Aussie V8 Supercars and Porsche Carrera Cup series. So it’s well worth getting tickets for.

See the full Australian F1 schedule for timings and details of F1 sessions during the event.

Grandstand tickets will get you reserved seats in this stand, but also access to the Park Pass (general admission) viewing areas around the circuit for the Formula 1.

See my article on the Australian Grand Prix ticket prices for info on costs for sitting in this grandstand at this year’s GP.

Grandstand details

TV Screens

There are 2 TV screens visible from this stand, both on the other side of the track. One is to the left of the stand opposite, the other is to the right of it.

TV screens at the Australian Grand Prix

Seats

The seats are plastic chairs with fixed backs and folding bases, and are a lot more comfortable if you bring a small cushion to sit on.

Cover

The Jones grandstand is uncovered. It has no protection from the sun. Only the suites as the very top of the stand (VIP area) have a roof over them

Jones grandstand seating map

Below is the seating plan for the Jones grandstand at the Australian Grand Prix track.

As the seating plan shows, the grandstand is split in to 6 sections. Section A is a long narrow section on its own, closest to the start / finish line. It only has 5 rows which start at A lowest down at the front and go up to E at the back. 

Sections B to F are larger sections with rows that go from A at the front to S at the back. There’s no row I or O.

Each section has seat numbers which increase from left to right (as you stand on the track and look up at the stand). Numbered seating starts from 1 at the beginning of each section.

This is how wide each section is:

  • Section A: 125 seats
  • Section B: 30 seats
  • Section C: 31 seats
  • Section D: 31 seats
  • Section E: 31 seats
  • Section F: 33 seats

Jones grandstand view at the Aus GP circuit

The map below shows the parts of the track visible from this stand highlighted in pink.

As the map shows, your view will include the end of the start / finish straight, all of Turn 1 and most of Turn 2. You’ll lose the cars out of sight when they go behind the Chicane Pavillion hospitality building (white roof) on the left side of the image above.

There are a number of trees directly behind section A which is why it’s only got a few rows. That means that if you sit high up in section B your view down towards the start line will be blocked by the trees.

The video below was filmed from Section B, Row M, seat 4 and shows how little you can see of the Formula 1 cars as they approach Turn 1 thanks to those pesky trees.

So the further forwards you sit in sections B to F, the more you can see back down the start / finish straight.

But if you sit near the front you’ll be looking along the line of the safety fence which will be hard to see through, so really you’ll never have much of a view of the main straight from this stand and won’t be able to see the lights go out of the start of the race.

This video was filmed from Section C row B, second row from the front.

Sitting in section A gives you a little more visibility of the end of the straight. 2:13 in this next video was filmed from Section A row E seat 47.

The further left you sit in the stand, the earlier you’ll lose the cars out of sight at Turn 2. This video was filmed from Section E.

Best seats Jones grandstand

The best seats in the Jones grandstand are rows M – S in section C. This is directly in line with the apex of Turn 1, will give you a good line of sight to see the cars around Turn 2 for longer plus it’s one section over from the trees behind section A.

Sitting in the higher rows gives you a better vantage point where you can look over the top of the safety fence. 

If you want to be as close as possible to the action during the race then you’ll want to get tickets for the front couple of rows in sections A, B or C. Any other sections will be after the track has turned away from the stand, so won’t be as close.

A good place to sit?

There’s always a lot of action at Turns 1 and 2 of the Australian Grand Prix. At the Formula 1 in 2023 there were numerous crashes here, and fans seated in this grandstand had one of the best seats in the house to witness the carnage and multiple red flags.

But people sat in the Brabham grandstand, directly opposite, would have had a slighter better view. They would have been able to see the cars for longer as they apexed and exited Turn 2. That stand is usually the same price, so I’d try and grab seats there first of all.

There’s a number of food and drink vendors and amenities right behind this stand. Plus it’s only a short walk over the bridge by the pit exit to get to the Main Stage and Fan Zone on the infield, where there’s lots more entertainment options.

This is one of the most expensive stands at the circuit. If you’re on a tight budget there are cheaper grandstands, like the Waite stand.

If you want a better view of the start line, pit lane or podium then the Fangio grandstand is the best option.

If you want a covered reserved seat then in this position then you’ll have to pay a lot extra for a spot in the Jones Suites VIP area at the top of the stand. Or if you want to go all-out then the Paddock Club, above the pitlane, is the most premium hospitality experience at the whole event and often comes as a package with a posh hotel stay.

Nearest entrance

Entrance gate 1 at Albert Park is the closest and best gate to aim for when planning your travel to this grandstand at the Grand Prix.

Get my free weekly F1 roundup

I’ll send you a weekly email with my personal insights in to the latest F1 news and race results. 
Read by over 5,000 busy F1 fans each week.

Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

leave a comment

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Everything you need to know about the
Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Join the oversteer48 Inside Line

I’ll share all this with you (and more) for free:

  • Tips for getting hold of F1 tickets, even if they appear sold-out 
  • Updated travel guides and info in the run up to the big race weekends
  • Link you up with a huge community of F1 fans travelling to each race