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Waite grandstand location
The grandstand actually begins just after the left-hander of Turn 9, where Max Verstappen in his Red Bull rocketship overtook Lewis Hamilton around the outside at the 2023 Melbourne Grand Prix.
The grandstand ends just past the edge of the circuit where it goes right for Turn 10.
Tickets - Australian Grand Prix
Tickets for this grandstand can be purchased through the official Australian GP website. You might also find some tickets for sale through a reseller if the official site’s sold out.
They can be purchased for a number of different days:
- Single day ticket (Thu, Fri, Sat or Sun)
- Two-day ticket (Sat and Sun)
- Three-day ticket (Fri, Sat and Sun)
- Four-day ticket (Thu to Sun)
There’s not actually any Formula 1 activity on the Thursday, that day is for support races only (which include the Porsche Carrera Cup and Aussie V8 Supercars – both amazing racing series).
See the full Australian F1 schedule for details on specific timings and events each day.
You can only purchase standard seats in this grandstand, there’s no premium option. But tickets here also get you access to all of the General Admission (Park Pass) areas around the circuit.
See my article on the Australian Grand Prix prices for info on costs for this grandstand as this year’s GP. This is always one of the cheapest stands, great for those on a budget but it means tickets sell out quickly.
There are two TV screens visible from this grandstand. Both of these are across the circuit opposite the stand.
There’s a lot of run off area on the other side of the track here and the screens can seem quite far away so a small pair of binoculars can help. The safety fence can also get in the way slightly, depending where you sit.
The seats are chairs with fixed backs and bases. Bringing a small cushion is always a good idea to sit more comfortably.
The Waite grandstand is completely uncovered. There’s no shade or protection from the sun, so make sure you wear appropriate clothing, hats and pack enough sunscreen before you travel!
Waite grandstand seating map
Below is the seating plan for the Waite grandstand at the Melbourne Grand Prix.
As the seating plan shows the grandstand is made up of four sections named A to D. A is closest to Turn 9 and D is furthest past Turn 10.
The rows in every section go from A (lowest down at the front) to T (highest up at the back). There’s no row I or O. The grandstand was increased in size for the 2023 Aus GP with rows up to T, before that they only went up to M.
Seat numbers increase from left to right as you stand on the track and look up at the stand, and start from 1 again at the beginning of each section.
Sections A and B are 38 seats wide, Section C is 53 seats wide and Section D is 45 seats wide.
Waite grandstand view at the Aus GP circuit
The image below shows the parts of the circuit that are visible when seated in this grandstand highlighted in pink.
As the map above shows, from this grandstand you can see the cars from your right once they come around the super high-speed Turn 9. You’ll have a view of them all the way through Turn 10, and then lose them out of sight once they go around the right-hand kink in the straight after Turn 10.
If you sit low down in one of the rows at the front, you’ll feel very close to the action with the cars coming right past you. The safety fence will also be right there, but it plays a part in the view from this stand wherever you’re seated.
The video below shows the view from Section C Row A, just after the apex of Turn 10 and directly in line with the straight after it.
This next video is from Section B Row A, also the front row but just a little closer to Turn 9. It’s hard to see much of the Formula 1 cars as they approach from the right as looking along the fence line makes it harder to see.
In contrast, this video was filmed from Section D row M (back row before the stand was upgraded with 6 extra rows). Even from the back of the stand the safety fence is still in your view, as it is from the back row (Row T) of the new grandstand.
And this next video was filmed from Section D Row F, again show it’s hard to see much of the cars as they approach from the right. The majority of your view will be watching the cars apex and exit Turn 10.
Best seats Waite grandstand
The best seats in the Waite grandstand are those in rows M to T in sections C and D.
Even though the safety fence is still in your line of sight, being high up and towards this end of the stand makes it easier to look back towards Turn 9 to see the cars approach Turn 10.
Seats in the higher rows also give you a slightly wider vantage point, being able to see more of the track, Turn 10 and its surroundings. These sections also give you a good line of sight to see the cars for as long as possible after they’ve exited the right-hander.
If you want to be as close to the action as possible then try and get tickets for a front row seat in section C.
Is this a good place to sit?
This is one of the cheapest grandstands at the Australian Grand Prix. Occasionally drivers will try an overtake in to Turn 9 (it’s at the end of the longest DRS zone on the track) but with how much you can see you’ll only catch the end of that once they’ve exited Turn 9.
Turn 10 never sees much overtaking, but these two corners are two of the fastest on the track. So for the spectacle of seeing the Formula 1 cars cornering at high speed, with their downforce sucking them to the ground, this is a great place to sit.
Both Albert Park entrance gates 8 and 9 are the closest and best entrances to use for this stand, when planning your trip to the Melbourne F1.