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The Raffles Grandstand at the Singapore F1 race was new for 2023.
I’ve put together this guide, with examples of the view from this grandstand and my tips on the best seats, to help you choose your tickets for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Raffles Grandstand location
The Raffles Grandstand at the Singapore F1 is on the outside of Turn 5 of the Singapore GP track layout.
It’s directly opposite the Republic Grandstand which is on the inside of the same corner.
The Raffles Grandstand at the Singapore Grand Prix in Zone 1 of Marina Bay circuit park.
Raffles Grandstand details
The Raffles Grandstand at the Singapore F1 race is uncovered and completely open to the elements.
The Singapore Grand Prix is a night race so you don’t need to worry about the sun. But its incredibly humid and can often rain. See my Singapore GP dress code guide for some tips on what to wear to stay comfortable.
The seats are individual chairs with folding seat bases.
There’s one large TV screen off to the right of the grandstand. The video below shows the screen.
Raffles Grandstand F1 Tickets
Tickets for the Raffles Grandstand can be purchased through the official Singapore GP website.
A 3-day ticket for the 2024 Singapore GP in the Raffles Grandstand costs S$988
Tickets include free rides on the Singapore Flyer observation wheels
Tickets include access to Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 (all zones) around the circuit. That’s the same as a Premier Walkabout ticket, but with the addition of a reserved grandstand seat all weekend.
The only cheaper grandstand that gives you the same all-zone access is the Republic Grandstand
Tickets include access to all Singapore F1 concerts around the circuit over the weekend
See my guide to Singapore F1 tickets for more info and alternative places to purchase if they’re sold out on the official site.
Raffles Grandstand seating plan
Below is the seating plan for the Raffles Grandstand at the Singapore Grand Prix.
As the seating plan shows the grandstand is very small and has just one section, A1.
It has a total of 15 rows, where row 1 is the lowest down at the front (nearest the track) and row 15 is the highest up at the back.
The grandstand is 28 seats wide, with seat 1 being on the left (as you stand on the track and look up at the stand) and seat 28 is on the right.
Choosing your seats
When buying grandstand seat tickets at the Singapore Grand Prix, you can select which section of the grandstand you want to sit in. For the Raffles Grandstand, you can only select section A1.
Once you’ve selected the section you will be automatically assigned some seats. Unfortunately you cannot choose which specific row or seat you want to sit in.
If you’re unhappy with the seats you’ve been assigned, leave them in your shopping cart and restart the booking process. You might be assigned some better seats next time.
If so, remove the seats you don’t want from your cart and head to the checkout.
Raffles Grandstand view
From the Raffles Grandstand at the Singapore GP you can see the cars entering Turn 5, going through the corner and then exiting the turn and heading on to Raffles Boulevard, the straight that leads to Turn 6.
The map below shows the areas of track that can be seen from this grandstand highlighted in green.
The further right you sit in the stand (lower seat numbers) the sooner you can see the cars appear as they enter Turn 5.
Unfortunately as the grandstand is set back from the edge of the track and there’s a lot of trees and other road furniture to the left of the stand, you can’t see the cars for very long once they’ve exited Turn 5.
Sitting low down on the left hand side of the stand (low row numbers, high seat numbers) will give you the best chance of seeing the cars for longer.
The video below, kindly provided by Ryan KevinJay, was filmed from Row 8 seat 19.
And this next video, also provided by Ran KevinJay, was filmed from lower down the grandstand in Row 5 seat 24.
Is the Raffles Grandstand a good place to sit?
One of the benefits of sitting in the Raffles Grandstand is that Turn 5 is a slow / medium-speed corner, meaning you’ll see the cars here for a bit longer than if you’re sat on the side of a long straight.
It’s unlikely you’ll see much overtaking here because the straight that follows the corner is one of the Singapore DRS zones, so most drivers will just try and get a clean exit from Turn 5 for a good run on to the next straight.
This is a pretty cheap grandstand, but the Republic stand on the opposite side of the track is even cheaper and offers a different but arguably just as good view, so is definitely worth checking out.
Nearest entrance & MRT station
The nearest spectator entrance to the Raffles Grandstand is Gate 2.
The entrance MRT station to Gate 2 is the Promenade Station (CC4 / DT15) which is a very short walk away.
See my guide to the Singapore GP entrances & MRT stations for more info.
For more information on timings across the Formula 1 weekend, see the full Singapore GP schedule.