That said there are good views to be had. There are also some options for the budget conscious that offer a reasonable middle ground between seeing nothing more than a blur of F1 cars between the backs of heads and going bankrupt.
Best Grandstands at the Canadian Grand Prix
Most grandstands at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve feature metal bleacher style seating which can be uncomfortable in cold or very hot conditions so bring something to use as a cushion
Grandstands 11 and 12
Grandstands 11 and 12 are both excellent places to watch the grand prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. They are both situated at what is effectively the first corner and nearly always the scene of a lot of action. The pit lane exit is adjacent. Each grandstand is oriented differently and has their own pros and cons and in the end it will be down to individual tastes as to which you prefer. Both stands are nicely elevated so the catch fencing that surrounds most of the circuit wont be an issue.
Grandstand 12 offers a good view of the cars coming off the main straight and from the pit lane to the right of the stand, and is accompanied by a super screen close by. From Grandstand 11 it’s possible to see the cars on the grid all the way to the first left hand curve and turn 2, but the distant and more oblique view of the giant screen is not ideal.
Grandstand 33 is a much underrated place to watch the race from. The stand is located at the medium speed chicane that makes up turns 6 and 7. Sure the section may not have as much potential for overtakes or smashy smashy as some but it beautifully demonstrates a Formula 1 car’s agility, braking and acceleration and the sight of the cars appearing from the dense trees is majestic. To top it off there’s a giant screen opposite. Get a seat high up in the stand for the best view over the fence.
Grandstands at the hairpin are another good option especially for photography at low speeds and are reasonably priced. It is a prime location for thrills and spills and to see drivers making overtakes on the entry or lining up overtaking maneuvers on the exit of the corner.
Grandstand 34 in particular, situated in the middle of the hairpin offers an unusual vantage point of the cars and benefits from a super screen directly opposite. In terms of bang for buck it doesnt get much better in Montreal.
General admission at the Canadian Grand Prix is not recommended with not a lot of good views around the generally flat circuit.
The few views that there are will be packed about 10 to 20 people deep so only the very early risers will be able to take advantage. The meagre views are hampered more so by the catch fencing meaning any chance of a decent photograph is unlikely.
For the casual motorsports fan who just wants to experience the atmosphere of a live F1 race, general admission will suffice. For anyone else, you’ll probably be disappointed.