Best Grandstands at the Japanese Grand Prix
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Grandstands Q1 and Q2
Seats in Q1 and Q2 stands come highly recommended and are about the most sought after at Suzuka. They are a prime position to see the Casio Triangle – the tight, low-speed chicane that leads onto the main straight. These corners are a possible over-taking spot and host to their fair share of thrills and spills. The Q Grandstands also offer a view into the pits to your left and to the right of the stand your view extends as far as the legendary 130-R, albeit somewhat distant.
A good alternative and strong contender for Suzuka’s best viewing position is Grandstand B, particularly the upper section.
Views are of the cars hurtling down the main straight before breaking hard and as late as they dare into the apex of turn 1. Many of the overtaking maneuvers will take place here so you’re pretty much guaranteed to see some action during the race. Overtaking aside, watching F1 cars disappear into the following ‘esses’ won’t disappoint. The seats in the upper section of Grandstand B have an un-obstructed, clear view of the racing.
Section D is another excellent spot to watch the esses section of sector one. The great benefit of watching the race from these grandstands is the head on view of the cars as they snake towards you from distant Turn 1 to the Dunlop curve to the left of your view. Seating in this section is on wooden bleacher style seating.
You won’t see much in the way of wheel to wheel action at this fast section of track but its an excellent place to appreciate the cornering speed of these high-downforce machines as the drivers try to get the perfect exit going into the long back straight.
From Section I you get a great view of the hairpin from the time the cars exit from under the bridge on the other side of the bend, breaking hard into the hairpin and accelerating away. The view is a perfect demonstration of the braking and acceleration ability of an F1 car and the possibilities of an overtake at this point sweetens the deal. With the slow apex speed making it’s a prime spot for photo opportunities making the long trek out to this area a must at some point over the weekend.