West Grandstand Abu Dhabi – Views, Seating Plan, Best Seats

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

WWest Grandstand at Abu Dhabi F1 track

The West Grandstand at the Abu Dhabi F1 circuit provides views of the cars as they brake for a tight chicane at the end of the longest straight on the track.

Sit in the right place and you can also see along the start / finish straight.

This guide provides my tips on choosing the best seats in the West Grandstand at Yas Marina, plus a seating plan, examples of the view from different sections and ticket info.

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Abu Dhabi West Grandstand location

The West Grandstand is located on the outside (right-hand side) of Turn 6 on the Yas Marina track layout.

Yas Marina circuit seating areas

The first part of the grandstand is parallel with the end of the long straight. The stand then curves around the corner so the final part is looking back up along the straight the cars have just come from.

West Grandstand location at Abu Dhabi F1 circuit

New for 2022 was the West Straight Grandstand, built to cope with extra fan numbers attending the GP.

This is slightly further along the straight before Turn 6 and is a much smaller temporary structure.

West Straight Grandstand at Yas Marina F1 circuit

West Grandstand details

Levels

The West Grandstand at Yas Marina has 3 levels:

  • Level 1: Normal and premium, and premium club ticket tolders
  • Levels 2 & 3: Yas Suite and Yas Premium Suite ticket holders
Grandstand levels

Cover

The whole grandstand is covered but the roof is very high over the top, meaning Level 1 isn’t as well covered. Levels 2 and 3 are much better protected.

The grandstand is facing East / North East so the sun should be behind or to the left of the stand towards the end of the day, so you aren’t likely to have it in your eyes.

TV screens

There are two TV screens visible from the West grandstand. Each screen is angled different so both sections of the stand have visibility.

TV screens at the Abu Dhabi GP

West Grandstand Abu Dhabi F1 tickets

See Abu Dhabi F1 ticket prices for updated costs for seats in the West Grandstand at this years’s GP.

You can purchase standard 2 or 3-day tickets for the West Grandstand at the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 in sections 1 – 4. 

You can upgrade to Premium seats which are in sections 5 and 6. These are ‘premium’ as these sections also give you a view of the start / finish line (as the examples below show). 

You can also get Premium Plus tickets which give you seats in sections 7 and 8 on Level 1.

Levels 2 and 3 are for people with West Yas Suite (sections 10, 11, 17, 18) and Yas Premium Suite hospitality tickets (sections 12 and 19) which start at over 4,000 AED ($1100 / £860) per person.

All tickets can be purchased through the official Yas Marina Circuit website. 

Grandstand seat selection at Yas Marina

West Grandstand Abu Dhabi seating plan

Below is the seating plan for the West Grandstand at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

As the seating plan shows the grandstand is split in to a number of different sections. Sections 1 – 8 are Level 1, 9 – 15 are Level 2 and 16 – 22 are Level 3.

Within each section the rows are named with letters. Row A is the front row lowest down, the next row back will be Row B, then Row C etc. The rows start from A each time you go up a level.

Level 1 has rows which go from A to H (8 rows) and Levels 2 & 3 have rows from A to D (4 rows).

The seats are numbered from left to right (as you stand on the track and look up at the stand). The seat numbers start from 1 at the beginning of each new section.

Abu Dhabi West Grandstand views

The map below shows the areas of the Yas Marina Circuit that can be seen from the West grandstand highlighted in pink.

Obviously not all of the highlighted areas are visible from all sections of the grandstand. For example the start finish straight across the track after Turn 16 is only visible from the northern sections of the stand (sections 6, 7 and 8).

The video below was filmed from Section 5 row H and shows how you can just about see the beginning of the start / finish straight, but you’re a little too far over to see all the way down it,

Whereas this video, filmed from Section 6 row C, shows that you’re far enough over to see all the way down the start / finish straight.

And this next video filmed from Section 7 row F shows the view from a little further along the stand is still great for seeing the start line action.

At the other end of the grandstand this video shows the view from Section 2 row E. From here you can see a long way back up the long straight approaching Turn 6, and you can see the cars entering Turn 16. 

If you were in section 1 then you wouldn’t have a view back up the long straight before Turn 6.

This next video was filmed from the West Yas Suite seating area, Section 10 row 1 (Level 2).

The next video shows the view from the West Straight grandstand. As the video shows the view from here is nowhere near as good.

You’re lower down so have a worse vantage point and can’t see much other than the cars flying past you on the straight before they hit the brakes for Turn 6. The West grandstand to the right blocks the view of Turn 6. I wouldn’t choose to sit here, I’d go for the West grandstand instead.

Best seats in the West grandstand

If you want a great view of the cars coming towards you along the straight and in the braking zone for Turn 6 then try and get a spot in section 2.

If you also want to see some of the action on the start / finish straight then you need sections 6, 7 or 8. You’ll have to buy West grandstand Premium tickets for section 6 and West Club tickets for 7 or 8 but I think it’s worth it.

My personal choice would be one of the higher rows in section 6. The higher rows are always better as they give a slightly wider and higher vantage point.

Is the West grandstand a good place to sit at Yas Marina?

Turn 6 is at the end of the longest straight on the Yas Marina Circuit which is also one of the Abu Dhabi F1 DRS zones. This is one of the most popular overtaking spots on the track so sitting here means that you’re bound to see some passing action.

In fact this grandstand is likely to give you a view of more overtaking than any other stand at the Abu Dhabi GP, so it’s a great place to see some proper racing.

With the bonus of being able to see across the track to turns 15 and 16 this grandstand also gives you the most track coverage of any of the stands. So for seeing as much of the racing as possible, this is the best place to sit.

If you’re attending one of the Abu Dhabi post-race concerts, these are held up behind the North Grandstand in Etihad Park. That’s about 30 minutes’ walk away from here, or you can hop on one of the circular buses.

Other Abu Dhabi F1 grandstands / General Admission

Check out my guides to each of the other grandstands and the General Admission area at the Abu Dhabi F1 below:

Yas Marina Circuit Grandstand Map

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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