Best Grandstands at the Bahrain Grand Prix
Traditionally lacking in Sakhir is that most intangible of features, something a $150M facility and the best organization in the world can’t provide – atmosphere. Whether this is something that will improve as F1 gains traction in the region time will tell, but for now grandstands remain half empty.
Still, this needn’t be a bad thing; going through the circuit’s airport style security takes no time at all, you’ll never have to queue for refreshments and if you want a fresh view of the action, all those empty seats are waiting just for you.
Turn 1 Grandstand
Positioned right on the apex to turn 1 and with views up the main straight to the grid and the pitlane exit, this grandstand is the perfect balance for spectators who are happy to have a distant view of the start proceedings and pitstop action but also enjoy an authentic racing view and overtakes.
These are three small grandstands positioned at the first sequence of three corners, though its more like two corners and a subtle kink that feeds cars onto the straight towards turn 4.
Grandstand 1 has the superior views out of these stands and is one of the best vantage points at the track with clear views of turn one, where most of the overtaking occurs.
Overall a very good choice of grandstands, the only real negative here is the distance you’ll have to walk to reach the area where most of the food and drinks stalls are. This is about a 10 – 15 minute walk in the desert heat to an area beyond the main grandstand. Careful planning should negate any concerns, and limited refreshments are available nearby.
These two grandstands are at the end of the back straight and turn 14 just before drivers put their foot down and enter the main start finish straight.
Though the grandstands are close to each other the views they offer are quite different.
Victory Grandstand 2 is located at the apex to turn 14 and for views of the corner and the potential overtakes, as well as the best shot at a good photo it’s the one to choose.
Grandstand 1 is really too far from turn 14 to fully appreciate but spectators here can enjoy views of turn 11 in the infield section of the course.
Oasis / Batelco Grandstand
Don’t look back in anger, just look straight ahead at the the track from this unusually positioned grandstand behind the pit complex. Views from the Oasis Grandstand are exceptional given the distance over which you can follow the action.
You will clearly see cars race from turn 6 before negotiating turns 7 and 8. Drivers then race off at supersonic speeds to turn 9, so fast they cast no shadow.
Provided they don’t slide away into the wonderwall, drivers stand a chance to taste the champagne supernova and feel like a rock ‘n’ roll star.
Some might say I’ve gone too far with my Oasis puns, but I bet others would be happy to just roll with it.