Prost Grandstand Aus GP – Seat Tips, Views, Seating Plan

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Prost Grandstand at the Australian Grand Prix

This is my guide for spectating in the Prost Grandstand at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Getting the best seats in this grandstand makes a huge difference to your view, so I’ve included my tips on which ones to go for. 

Plus there’s seating plan showing the section, row and seat numbering and examples of the view from different seats.

Grandstand location

The grandstand, named after the four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost, is located on the outside (left side) of Turn 14, the final corner on the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit.

Prost grandstand map

The stand actually curves all the way around the outside of the track.

To its left is the Senna stand and to its right is the Schumacher stand. It’s opposite the pit lane entry and the start of the pit garages (but not the F1 ones)

Prost grandstand location at the Melbourne GP

Features

  • Cover: Standard seating area – uncovered. Premium seating area – covered.
  • TV screen: Two big screens on the inside of the corner, angled so you can see at least one of them at all times
  • Seats: Hard plastic chairs with a folding base and fixed seat back.
TVs at the Albert PArk circuit

Tickets

Tickets for this grandstand come in two different types – premium and standard

  • Premium tickets get you a seat in the top 3 rows of the stand under the cover
  • Standard tickets get you a seat in the rest of the stand that’s uncovered

Prices for premium seat tickets are around A$200 more expensive than standard tickets. Is it worth it? Well the shade is very welcome, and the view from the higher rows is definitely the best. 

See more info on that in the Views section below.

Premium and standard seats at the Melbourne F1

Grandstand tickets can be purchased through the official Melbourne Grand Prix website. This is one of the most popular stands, so these tickets are always sold out very quickly.

If there’s none available you can try an authorised reseller instead. 

They can be purchased for 1, 2, 3 or 4 days, depending on how long you want to go for as the Melbourne Grand Prix weekend runs from Thursday to Sunday.

See the Aus GP Formula 1 timetable for details of session timing and the on-track activity during the race weekend.

Prost grandstand seating plan

  • Sections: 12 sections named A to M (no section I). A is closest to Turn 13 and M is closest to the start line.
  • Rows: Rows A to R (standard) and rows AA to CC (premium). A and AA are at the front of the standard / premium areas respectively. No row I or O.
  • Numbered seating: Narrow sections are 19 seats wide. Wider sections are 30 seats wide. Numbers start from 1 in each section.

See below for the full Prost grandstand seating plan.

Grandstand views

The image below shows the parts of the Albert Park circuit visible from this stand highlighted in pink.

View from the Prost Grandstand at the Melbourne GP

Depending on which section you sit in your viewing position will change fairly dramatically.

For example, if you sit in sections A to D you’ll be able to see Turn 13, Turn 14 and will be looking straight down the pit straight.

Whereas if you sit in sections J to M you won’t be able to see much of Turn 13 as the buildings on the inside of the track will block your view. Plus, in the lower rows the fence will make it harder to see along the pit straight.

The video below (credit Jess Thompson) shows an example of the view from Section C row AA (front row of the premium section). This is the best view going in this stand.

This video was filmed from Section D row G, again showing a view looking right down the main straight.

Whereas this next video (credit Gary Cleary) was taken from Section F row J. This shows the difference when sitting further around the stand and lower down. The fence makes it pretty hard to follow the cars along the straight.

These images (credit Simon Zbierski) are from Section F row L.

View from the Prost grandstand
Prost grandstand view

The next video was filmed from Section G row AA (front row of premium seats).

In sections J to M your view will be pretty similar to the view from the Senna stand which is directly to the left of this grandstand.

You’ll also have a better view of the pit garage there, but the ones at this end of the straight are for the support series (V8 supercars) rather than the Formula 1 teams.

Best seats

Without a doubt, the best seats in the Prost grandstand are sections A to D rows P and above.

As the videos above show, sections A to D have the best view of turns 13 and 14 and are in prime location to be able to see along the start / finish straight.

You want to get as high a row as possible as seeing over the fence makes a big different here, so go for rows P and above. If you can afford it then go for rows in the premium seating area to guarantee a high vantage point.

Other grandstands at the Melbourne Grand Prix

This is a great grandstand to sit in at the Melbourne Formula 1 weekend, especially if you get the best seats I mentioned above.

Even in other seats it’s still a great place to sit, but Turn 14 doesn’t always see much overtaking as it’s pretty much flat out.

So if you want to be somewhere you’ll definitely see some passing then try and get a ticket in one of the grandstands at the first corner instead:

If you want to see the Formula 1 garages, pit stops, favourite team members and to be near the start line then you need:

To have a view of the cars for a little longer as they corner slowly:

Or to see the Formula 1 cars cornering as fast as possible try and buy a ticket for:

Nearest entrances

Entrance gates 1 and 10 at Albert Park are closest to this grandstand, but both of those are a bit of a walk away. So allow for a little extra time when you travel to the Grand Prix to get to your seats.

Useful links

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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