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

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Senna Grandstand Australian GP

Image: Maria Diocera

This is my guide to sitting in the Senna grandstand at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

It includes my advice on the best seats in the grandstand to choose, examples of different views and more.

Senna Grandstand Location

The Senna grandstand, named after the legendary Ayrton Senna, is on the outside (left hand side) of the pit straight at the Albert Park F1 circuit.

Senna grandstand map

It’s directly adjacent to the Prost stand (to its right) and the Fangio stand (to its left).

The stand is opposite the start of the pit lane and pit buildings (but not the F1 pit garages – read more on that in the Views section below).

Senna grandstand location at the Australian GP

Grandstand features

  • Cover: Standard section – Uncovered, Premium section – covered (top and back only)
  • TV screen: Two big screens visible. One on the inside of the final corner, one on top of the pit buildings opposite
  • Seats: Folding seat bases, fixed back, plastic (not very comfortable – bring a cushion)
TV screens at Melbourne F1 track

Tickets

There are two different ticket types available for this grandstand, standard and premium.

  • Standard tickets put you in the uncovered seating area (which is the majority of the stand).
  • Premium tickets give you seats at the top of the stand under the cover.

Premium tickets will cost around A$200 more than standard. The covering is only the top and back with the sides uncovered. 

It’s not complete protection from the weather, but good for keeping you in the shade or out of the worst of the rain.

Senna grandstand standard and premium seats

Grandstand tickets are sold on the Australian GP official website and are available in 1, 2, 3 or 4 day ticket variations. The Melbourne Grand Prix runs from Thursday to Sunday, with support races only on the Thursday.

The Australian GP timetable has full details of the on-track action and activity over the race weekend.

Senna grandstand seating plan

  • Sections: 9 individual sections named A – J (there’s no section I). Section A is closest T14, J is closest T1.
  • Rows: Standard area rows A to R, premium area rows AA to CC. A and AA are at the front of their respective areas. No row I or O.
  • Numbered seating: Each section A – J has seat numbers from 1 to 19 in both standard and premium areas.

See below for the full Senna grandstand seating plan.

View from the grandstand

The image below showing the grandstand highlights the parts of the track visible from here in pink.

View from the Senna grandstand at Albert Park circuit

Being located on the exit of the final corner, the buildings on the other side of the track block you from having a full view of the last turn. Instead you can see the turn-in point and apex, then you’ll have a view along the start / finish straight.

Your view down towards the start line and Turn 1 is likely to be hampered by the grandstands (and the people sat in them) to the left of you. It’s a long straight so it’s quite tough to see that far along anyway.

You’re also going to be at the very end of the grid as they line up for the start for the race. Most of the grid-walk action will take place further along the straight.

These two images and video (credit Maria Diocera) were taken from section J, row AA, seat 18 (front row of the premium section).

Senna grandstand section A row AA
Senna grandstand section A

The pit lane at Albert Park is double length. That means the garages at the start of the lane, directly opposite this grandstand, aren’t used for F1. Instead they’re used for the support races such as the V8 Supercars. 

The Formula 1 pit garages are much further along the pit lane, towards the exit. You won’t be able to see them very clearly from this stand, but you would from the adjacent Fangio stand.

The video below was taken from section A row J, the furthest section to the left.

11:43 in the video below was taken from between sections G and H, row N.

These next two images (credit Tessa Pinkerton) were taken from Section F row B, and show that you have a much more limited view to the left of right if you sit near the front.

Section F Row B of the Senna stand at the Melbourne GP

Best seats

The best seats in the Senna grandstand are those in sections G, H and J in rows M and up.

The seats in these sections are closer to the final corner, giving you a much better view of the Formula 1 cars coming around Turn 14. Plus there’s a big TV screen right opposite here.

Rows M and up are the higher rows in the standard seating area, so give you a wider vantage point and make it easier to see over the safety fence.

In all honesty there’s no bad seats in this stand. But as it’s pretty much impossible to see far along the start / finish straight, I’d suggest going for seats near the final corner instead.

Other grandstands at the Grand Prix

Turn 14 is pretty much a flat-out corner that rarely sees any overtaking. But sitting here does give you a nice view of the pit lane entrance and a great atmosphere as you’re surrounded by the other big grandstands.

The Senna grandstand’s price tag is lower than either of the stands either side of it, so is a good option if you want to be on the start / finish straight and you’re on a tighter budget.

If you want to be guaranteed some good overtaking and passing action at the Grand Prix then go for one of the stands by the first corner:

Or by Turns 3 and 4:

If you want to see the cars at lower speed go for one of the following stands:

To see the cars cornering much much faster go for one of these grandstands:

Closest entrances

The nearest entrances are either Gate 1 or Gate 10 at Albert Park. Both are a decent walk from the stand, so allow a little extra time when you travel to the Australian Grand Prix.

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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