The Singapore Turn 1 Grandstand is on the outside of the start / finish straight and the first corner on the Marina Bay Street circuit. It gives spectators a great view of the Turn 1 where there’s often a lot of action to be seen.
This guide provides all the information you need to know if you’re considering booking a seat in this stand. It includes example views, a seating plan, tips for picking the best seats and how and where to buy tickets.
Turn 1 Grandstand Singapore - Location
The Turn 1 Grandstand is located on the outside (right-hand side) of the circuit at the end of the start / finish straight. It’s positioned parallel to the main straight and is adjacent to the main Singapore Pit Grandstand (which is to the left of the Turn 1 stand). It’s also at 90 degrees to the Turn 2 grandstand which is to the right of it.
The left half of the grandstand (as you look at the circuit) has the end of the straight running directly in front of it. The right half extends past the track as it curves away from the stand around Turn 1. Turn 1 is also known as Sheares.
Is Turn 1 a good place to sit?
Turn 1 on the Singapore GP circuit always sees a lot of action during the Grand Prix. It’s a tight corner at the end of the long pit straight which is one of the Singapore DRS zones, so it’s often a prime spot for overtaking.
The pit lane exit between Turns 2 and 3 often causes some drama as cars re-join the track right where others are turning in to Turn 3.
Plus this is one of the most likely places for a first lap pile up, just as we saw in 2017.
There is no roof or cover over the stand. It’s completely exposed to the elements, so you’ll get wet if it rains. Bring weather protection! The only exception is the very left hand side of the stand in block A2 which is beneath the flyover, but it’s so high up it won’t offer much protection (if any).
The seats are individual chairs with folding seat bases.
There are two giant TV screens visible from the Turn 1 stand, as shown in the image below. One is parallel to the main straight and easiest to see for people in the left / central section of the grandstand. The other is pointing more towards the first corner but is good for people sat in the right hand side of the Turn 1 grandstand.
Singapore F1 Turn 1 Grandstand Tickets
Tickets for the Singapore Turn 1 Grandstand can be purchased through the official Singapore GP website. In 2023 a weekend ticket in the Turn 1 Grandstand starts at S$1288, around £750.
Turn 1 grandstand tickets allow you to access to the whole Singapore circuit park, meaning you can enter all of the four zones (just like a Singapore Premier Walkabout ticket).
Selecting your seat
When buying a grandstand ticket through the official Singapore GP Website you can select the grandstand block you want to sit in. You cannot, however, select the specific row or seats that you want.
The booking system automatically assigns you some seats once you’ve selected a block. When you head to your cart you can see the seats you’ve been assigned.
If you don’t like the ones you’ve been assigned, you can continue shopping and select a different block to see which seats you’re given there. Then head back to your cart and remove the ones you don’t want.
Bear in mind the booking system will be very busy when the grandstand tickets go live. If you don’t put the first seats you’re given in your cart, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get any more before they sell out if your try and start the process again.
Singapore Turn 1 Grandstand Seating Plan
Below is the seating plan for the Turn 1 Grandstand at the Singapore Grand Prix. As it shows, the blocks further to the right of the stand (as you look at the circuit) are the higher numbers.
The rows at the back of the stand furthest from the track are higher up, and the rows at the front are pretty much at track level.
Turn 1 Grandstand view
From the Turn 1 Grandstand you have a view of the end of the start / finish straight, the pit exit and Turns 1, 2 and the entry of Turn 3. The map below shows the parts of the circuit you can see highlighted in pink. Obviously the circuit goes under the flyover!
The higher in the stand you sit the better your view will be. If you’re in the front row you’re closest to the track but the fence is directly in front of you. If you’re on the left hand side of the stand parallel to the end of the main straight the cars will just pass by very quickly in front of you.
If you’re slightly further to the right and low down, your view will still be pretty good as you’ll get to see the cars go away from you through Turns 1, 2 and 3, just like in the video below that was filmed from block A6 row 2.
The further to the left you sit in the stand (lower block numbers) the less you can see of the entry to Turn 3. Equally if you sit on the extreme right hand side of the stand in block A8 or A9 your view of Turn 3 is also going to be restricted. This time the Turn 2 grandstand and the barrier / fence on the outside of Turn 2 will block your view of the entry to Turn 3 slightly.
The video below was filmed from block A6 row 8. You can see that if you sat much further to the right you’d start to lose sight of the entry of Turn 3 behind the barrier / fence.
Everywhere in the stand gives you a great view of the braking zone for Turn 1, the pit exit and Turn 2.
Turn 1 Grandstand best seats
If I was booking seats in the Singapore Turn 1 Grandstand for the Grand Prix, I’d try and get seats in blocks A4, A5 or A6. These are in the middle of the stand and will give you a perfect view of Turns 1, 2 and 3, plus still a great view of the braking zone for Turn 1 at the end of the main straight.
I’d always try and get seats in the highest rows possible. Being higher gives you a better vantage point and means you can look over the top of the safety fencing, rather than directly through it.
I’d avoid seats in the front couple of rows, especially in blocks A2, A3 or A4 as they’re along the straight and you’ll just have a quick flash of the cars at they fly past you.
Nearest Entrance & MRT Station
The nearest entrance gate is Gate 1 on Republic Boulevard, close to Nicoll Highway MRT station CC5.
See our guide on Singapore GP travel for more information on getting to the circuit and which entrance gates to use.
Distance to Padang Stage / Zone 4
The Padang Stage in Zone 4 is where most of the major live music artists will be performing across the weekend. Unfortunately the Turn 1 Grandstand is about as far away from there as you can get, and would probably take the best part of 45 minutes to walk there (which in the heat and humidity isn’t fun).
Alternatively you could exit via Gate 1 and take the MRT from Nicoll Highway to City Hall (around 15 minutes, need to change) and re-enter the circuit via Gate 3 close to the Padang Stage.
There is also the Wharf Stage in Zone 1 right next to the Turn 1 grandstand where some of the smaller artists will be performing over the weekend.