Miami F1 Turn 1 Grandstands View & Seat Guide – North & East

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Miami F1 turn 1 grandstands

The Miami F1 Turn 1 North grandstand is on the inside of the first corner on the Miami Grand Prix track. It gives you a great view of the Turn 1 action, but sit in the right spot and you can see Turns 2 and 3 as well.

This article is a guide to sitting in the Turn 1 grandstand on the Miami GP circuit. It has examples of the view, a seating chart and some tips on the best seats to choose.

Contents

Miami F1 Turn 1 grandstands

Update for 2024: The Turn 1 East grandstand is NOT available this year. It’s just Turn 1 North. 

The Turn 1 North stand offers partially covered reserved seating at an additional cost over the normal Miami campus pass general admission tickets.

The Turn 1 grandstand can be seen in the video below at 0:28.

Where is the Turn 1 grandstand at the Miami F1?

The Turn 1 North grandstand is on the inside of the circuit surrounding the first corner. The inside of the circuit is actually the outside of the corner as the track’s anti-clockwise and Turn 1 is a right hander.

The North grandstand is positioned parallel with the start / finish straight. 

To get to the Turn 1 grandstand you need to cross the circuit to get to the infield. There are a number of bridges around the track to do this, and the one you use will probably depend on which entrance gate you arrive through.

The Miami F1 campus map here shows the location of all spectator bridges and entrance gates around the Grand Prix circuit. 

Turn 1 tickets

Tickets for the Turn 1 stand are some of the most popular at the F1 and often sell out quickly on the official Miami GP website.

So I’d recommend buying tickets through StubHub instead, where often you can find them cheaper than list price. Plus you’ll have single-day ticket options there too.

I’ve bought Formula One tickets on StubHub a number of times last couple of seasons, including when I went to the Las Vegas F1 last year. I’ve always had a great experience and will definitely be using them in the near future for more Formula One tickets.

They also have a ‘FanProtect guarantee’ which is very robust and makes sure your tickets and money are always safe and protected.

Miami F1 Turn 1 grandstand seating chart

Below is a seating chart for the Turn 1 North grandstand.

The chart shows that the North grandstand is split in to nine sections, T1-1 to T1-9.

Miami Turn 1 North grandstand seating chart

The North grandstand has 33 rows of seats, with row A being lowest down at the front and row GG being highest up at the back. 

The rows go from A to Z, then AA to GG as you go up the stand.

Section B1 is 8 seats wide, B2 to B7 are 24 seats wide and section B8 is 12 seats wide.

For both of the Turn 1 grandstands the seat numbers increase the further to the left you sit (as you look at the circuit). The seat numbers start from zero in each section.

Grandstand details

Cover

The Turn 1 grandstand at the Miami Grand Prix is partially covered. There is a roof that extends from the back of each stand directly over the last 12 rows, so row U and up is under the canopy.

The North grandstand is South-West facing, so from midday onwards it’s likely to be looking in to the sun. If you’re in the few furthest forward rows beneath the canopy (around U to Y) you’re still likely to get some sun on you. Only those further under the roof will be completely shaded all day.

You will pay a couple of hundred dollars extra to sit in the shaded seats.

Seats

The seats in the Miami Turn 1 grandstand are individual chairs with folding seat bases and fixed back rests, but no armrests or cupholders.

TV screens

There is one giant TVs around Turn 1 at the Miami GP, visible from the North stand.

Miami GP grandstand TV screen

Miami F1 Turn 1 grandstand views

Turn 1 North grandstand

The North grandstand at Turn 1 runs parallel to the end of the start / finish straight, and actually extends past the track as it turns right in to Turn 1 and goes in to the run off area.

Your view from Turn 1 North changes a lot depending on which section you sit in. If you sit in the higher sections B7, B8 and B9 for example you’ll have the run off area directly in front of you and will have to look slightly to the right to see the cars come in to and through Turn 1.

The image below from the @f1miami Twitter page was taken from section B8 row 15 of the North grandstand, well in to the run off area.

Sitting in the higher numbered sections also means that you’ll lose the cars out of sight earlier just as they are about to enter Turn 2. The old Turn 1 East grandstand actually blocks your view of them at that point.

If you sit in the lower section numbers such as B1, B2 and B3, you get a much better view of the cars coming directly past you as they brake for Turn 1 and hit the apex. Plus, you have a clear line of sight the whole way through Turn 2 and up to the entrance of Turn 3. 

The image below was taken from section B2 of the official MiamiF1 virtual seat viewer, and shows that you can see all the way through turns 2 and 3.

Being further to the right also means it’s slightly easier to see back down the start / finish straight, some of the pitlane, towards the start line and the exit of the final corner. 

Sitting higher up helps this too, as would trying to get seats on the extreme right hand side of section B1; the benefit of having no covers on the side of the stand is that you can look through them.

The video below was filmed from section B5 row P.

This next video was filmed from higher up in the shaded area, section B5 somewhere around row Y.

And this video was somewhere around row J in section B5.

This video was shot further to the left but higher up, section B7 row V, which is just about in the shade.

Turn 1 East grandstand

The Miami F1 Turn 1 East grandstand has an entirely different view. Being positioned next to Turn 2, the stand is angled so you’re looking back towards Turn 1.

In the higher section numbers your view is pretty much limited just to the entry, apex and exit of Turn 1 and the pit lane exit. This does often see some good overtaking action, being at the end of one of the Miami GP DRS zones.

There are two other ways to see some extra views from the Turn 1 East grandstand. One is to sit in the back row where you can swivel around to watch the cars enter Turn 3 once they’ve disappeared out of the view in front of you. The other it to sit in the extreme left-hand seats in section C6, where again you can turn round in your seat and follow the cars as they go round 2 and 3.

The video below filmed from the far left hand seats, row 7 section C6, shows exactly this at 11:55.

Whereas this video from section C3 row 6 is further to the right and has a better view of the main straight leading in to Turn 1.

Is the Turn 1 grandstand a good place to sit?

Turn 1 often sees a lot of action. In the last couple of years we’ve seen a number of big overtakes here; Max passing Charles, Perez failing to pass Sainz and Schumacher slamming in to Vettel. So it’s a great place to sit to see some actual racing happen, unlike the Miami F1 Family grandstand.

I would definitely try and get seats in Turn 1 North, specifically in sections B1 to B4 and somewhere around row V and up. This section would give a good view of the main straight and vision of Turns 2 and 3.

Plus sitting in a higher row means you stand a chance of seeing some pitlane action and you’re out of the sun.

The grandstand is right in amongst the North and East campus areas on the circuit infield. Both areas have lots of food and drinks vendors, sponsor activations and entertainment options so you’re never far from some off-track action as well. Plus the Beach area isn’t a long walk away.

Nearest entrance and parking

The nearest spectator entrance gate to the Turn 1 grandstand is gate 3 if you’re coming from the south and gate 8 if you’re coming from the North or West.

See my article on Miami F1 parking for more info on the nearest parking lots to this entrance gate.

Other Miami F1 grandstands

Click the links below to read our viewing and seat guides for all of the other grandstands at the Miami GP:

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
1 Comment
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Fabio

Many thanks!! I got tickets for T1 North Grandstand and this was exactly the info I was looking for!!

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