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

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Lauda Grandstand Australian Grand Prix

Grandstand location

The grandstand, named after the famous F1 driver Niki Lauda, is located on the outside (left-hand side) of the Albert Park F1 circuit next to Turn 12.

Lauda grandstand map Melbourne F1

This is a right hand corner with a gravel trap on the left hand side. The grandstand is positioned parallel to the track before it goes right for the corner, but is situated next to the gravel.

seating area Australian Grand Prix

Other grandstands

These are the other grandstands at the Melbourne Grand Prix track. Click the links to read the full spectating guide for each:

Australian Grand Prix grandstand map

Tickets - Australian Grand Prix

Tickets for seats in this grandstand at the Rolex Australian Grand Prix can be purchased from the official Aus GP website. If they’re sold out you might be able to find some at one for sale with an F1 ticket reseller.

You can buy tickets for the Melbourne F1 event for a number of different days:

  • 1-day ticket (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • 2-day ticket (Saturday + Sunday)
  • 3-day ticket (Friday + Saturday + Sunday)
  • 4-day ticket (Thursday + Friday + Saturday + Sunday)

There’s not actually any on-track F1 events taking place on the Thursday. Instead there will be the support races which include the awesome Aussie V8 Supercars and Porsche Carrera Cup.

Well worth getting tickets for to watch some super close racing.

Tickets for this stand will get you grandstand reserved seats on the days of your ticket, but also access to all the General Admission (Park Pass) viewing areas around the circuit at the Formula 1.

Junior tickets can be purchased at a discount for kids between 3 and 14 years old. Everyone above that needs an adult ticket.

Grandstand details

TV Screens

There is one large TV screen that’s easily visible from every seat in this stand. It’s on the other side of the circuit, right by the apex of the corner.

It’s a big screen that’s not very far away so is nice and easy to view. This massively helps keep up with the action throughout the Formula 1 race.

TV screen at Albert Park F1 circuit

Seats

The seats are chairs with a foldable base. As you’re going to be sat in them for long periods, bringing a little cushion can make things slightly more comfortable.

Cover

The Lauda grandstand is uncovered and is completely exposed to the elements, so make sure you wear suitable clothing, bring suitable sun protection and something to cover your head.

If you want covered reserved seats at the Australian GP then you should check out the premium section of the Fangio grandstand.

Lauda grandstand seating map

Below is the seating map for the Lauda grandstand at the Australian Grand Prix.

As the seating map shows the grandstand is made up of three sections, named A to C. Section A is closest to the track and section C is furthest away.

Each section has rows which start at A lowest down nearest the front and go up to R at the back. There’s no row I or O. 

The grandstand has numbered seating, and the numbers increase from right to left (as you sit in the grandstand and look at the circuit). They start from 1 again at the beginning of each new section.

Each section is the following number of seats wide:

  • Section A – 27 seats
  • Section B – 24 seats
  • Section C – 26 seats

When buying tickets for the Australian Grand Prix you can chose your specific seat, so my suggestions in the next section will help you get the best spots.

Lauda grandstand view at the Aus GP circuit

The image below shows the sections of the track that can be seen from this grandstand highlighted in pink.

As the image shows, your view is pretty limited to the braking zone and entry of Turn 12, the corner itself and then the exit. You can just about see the cars enter Turn 13.

The bridges across the track either side of 12 hamper your views and you can’t really see much either side of them.

To see the Formula 1 cars for the max amount of time after they’ve exited Turn 12 and enter 13, you’ll want to sit in section A. That will give you the best view along the straight between the two corners.

Because of the way the grandstand’s angled, you’ll be able to see a little more of the entry to Turn 12 if you sit in section C.

The below video was filmed from section B row M and shows the view from this part of the stand.

The video shows the safety fence is right in front of the stand. From row M you’re high enough to see over it once the cars exit 12.

Anything in the first 10 rows (A – K) is likely to have to look through the fence for most of the time.

Best seats Lauda grandstand

The best seats in the Lauda grandstand are rows M to R in section A.

These are high enough to give you a nice wide vantage point and see over most of the safety fence. Plus sitting in section A gives you a better angle to look along the track after the cars have exited Turn 12 and see them enter 13.

I’d definitely suggest sitting as high as possible in the stands, to see over the fence and have a wider view. The only benefit of sitting lower down here is that you will have a better angle to look under the bridges either side of the corner. But from row K and below they don’t really block your view anyway.

A good place to sit?

As the sections above show, your view from this grandstand is solely of Turn 12 (and maybe a tiny bit of the entry to Turn 13).

12 is a fast right hand corner. It’s not quite flat-out, but the Formula 1 cars will apex at around 220kph / 137mph, so it’s a chance to see the downforce working on the cars.

As it’s so fast, its not an easy place for the drivers to overtake so it doesn’t often see much wheel-to-wheel passing take place.

That being said, at the 2023 Australian Grand Prix (which was one of the most chaotic races of the season) Lando Norris was in the news for putting a good overtaking move on Nico Hulkenberg at this very spot.

If you want to see some more overtaking then getting tickets to be seated in the Brabham grandstand by Turn 1 is a much better option.

Nearest entrance

Entrance gate 10 at Albert Park is the nearest and best entrance to aim for when planning your travel to the Australian Grand Prix to see the Formula 1 boys in action.

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.

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