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

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Schumacher grandstand

This is my guide for spectating in the Schumacher grandstand at the Melbourne Formula 1 race weekend.

It includes examples of the view, a seating plan and my tips on getting the best seats in this stand.

Location?

This grandstand is on the left-hand side (outside) of the Albert Park Formula 1 circuit between turns 13 and 14.

Schumacher grandstand location

It’s directly adjacent to the Prost stand which is just off to the left of this one, further around the final corner.

Schumacher grandstand at the Australian Grand Prix track

Grandstand features

  • Cover: Uncovered (standard section) and covered (premium section at the top only)
  • TV screen: One big screen on the inside of the final corner and another on the other side of the track at Turn 13.
  • Seats: Plastic folding seats with a fixed back
TV screens at Albert Park circuit

Tickets

Grandstand tickets are sold through the Australian Grand Prix’s official website. They come in 1, 2, 3 or 4 day ticket options, as the Melbourne GP runs from Thursday to Sunday.

See the full Australian Formula 1 weekend timetable for specific details and scheduling of all the on and off track action.

This grandstand has two different ticket types, standard and premium.

Schumacher standard and premium grandstand ticket Melbourne

A Schumacher stand premium ticket will cost you about A$200 more but get you a seat in the top three rows of the grandstand under the cover. 

The cover is just roof so it doesn’t guarantee complete weather protection, but it’s pretty good for keeping the sun off you.

A standard ticket will get you a seat in the main lower section of the stand that’s completely uncovered.

There are also adult, junior and accessibility ticket options available here.

Schumacher grandstand seating plan

Seating plan for the Schumacher grandstand is below.

  • Sections: 9 sections named A to J (no section I). A is closest T13, J is closest T14.
  • Rows: Standard section rows A to S (A at the front), premium section rows AA to CC (CC at the back). No row I or O.
  • Numbered seating: Each section has seat numbers that go from 1 to 19, both standard and premium

View from the grandstand

The pink sections of track in the image below are the views you’ll have from this stand.

Schumacher grandstand view

As the image shows, from here you can see from the braking and entry point of Turn 13 all the way to just after the apex of Turn 14.

The grandstand isn’t quite far enough around Turn 14 to be able to see all the way down the start / finish straight, even from the extreme left hand side of it (section J). The buildings on the inside of the track near the pit entry will block your view.

The video below was filmed from Section J, Row C, seat 17. Pretty much as far to the left as you can get in the stand.

10:19 in the video below was filmed from between Sections D and E, Row S (back row of the standard section).

And this next video was filmed from Section F Row J.

Best seats

The best seats in the Schumacher grandstand are those in Sections H and J, Rows M and up.

It doesn’t matter too much where you’re seated as everywhere in this grandstand has a good view. But the ones above are my personal preference.

Sections H and J are closest to the final corner and let you see as far around it as possible. Being in Row M or above you’re high enough to have a great, wide vantage point allowing to see just as much of Turn 13.

If you are happy to spend a few extra dollars then the premium covered reserved seats are worth it for the weather protection and the higher viewing point. 

If you go for premium I’d suggest trying to get the back row in section A, as from there you can turn around to see the cars approaching T13 much earlier.

Other grandstands - Australian Grand Prix

The Schumacher grandstand is great value for its location on the track, but Turns 13 and 14 don’t often see a huge amount of overtaking action. At the 2023 Australian Grand Prix you would have seen Max Vestappen drive off the road at T13 but not a huge amount else.

If you can’t get tickets here, there are other grandstands worth considering.

The bigger Prost grandstand that’s adjacent will give views of T13, T14 and the pit straight but the prices for that are about 100 dollars more.

If you want to sit on the pit straight itself then you need the Fangio stand.

For seeing as much overtaking action (and potential carnage) then you need tickets in one of the stands at the first corner:

Or one of the stands at Turn 3 and 4:

If you want to see the cars in some of the fastest corners on the track then you need tickets in one of these grandstands:

And to see the cars at one of the slowest corners on the track, Turn 11, you can go for tickets in one of these stands:

Closest entrances

Albert Park entrance gate 10 is the closest to the grandstand.

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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