Qatar is back, and there are several new grandstands at the Losail circuit since F1 last came here. Fans aren’t exactly spoiled for choice — there are still only five in total — but these much-needed additions will make a big difference to the fan experience. You might wonder which grandstands are worth the money and which to avoid. So let’s dive in and take a look at what’s on offer. As ever, with brand new grandstands, we won’t know for sure until lights-out, but this should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect as you choose your seats for the Qatar Grand Prix. 

Main Grandstand


The main grandstand at Losail is right in the heart of the circuit and unrivalled for atmosphere but has never been a great vantage point for spectators.

The view is limited to what’s in front of you — it’s a long straight, and there’s no way you’ll be able to see first or last corners. Then, even the highest rows are still too low to see anything over the top of the pit complex.

To make matters worse, the distance from the seats to the pit boxes is unusually large. While I haven’t actually got my tape measure out and measured it, it definitely seems more than at other circuits.

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Main Grandstand © Lusail Circuit Sports Club

That said, these are still the best (well, only) seats from which you can see the pit crews at work, the race build-up on the grid, podium celebrations and interviews in Parc Ferme.

The view here will vary depending on which block of the grandstand your seats are in. Zones A and B (closest to the final corner) give fans a view of the pit entry, pit stops and the podium ceremony.

At the other end of the grandstand, zones E and F are the best seats to see the pre-race grid and starting ceremonies.

In the centre, meanwhile, seats in zones C and D have views of the pit stops as well as the pre-race grid and podium ceremonies.

Other benefits of the Main Grandstand are that these seats are reserved. Knowing you have a seat with your number on can be good. If you’re in a large group and you’re booking together, you’re likely to be seated together. And if you’re flying solo, it’s nice to be able to go in search of refreshments and know your seat will be waiting for you when you return.

What’s more, this is the only grandstand at the Qatar circuit which is partially covered, though, given that this is a night race that is of limited value. You won’t be spending hours baking under the Qatari sun, and a rain shower here is unlikely.

So if these perks matter to you, then the main grandstand might be for you. Otherwise, give the main grandstand a miss this time. You’ll save a bit of moolah and get to feast your eyes on some actual racing from one of the circuit’s better grandstands.

North Grandstand


The North Grandstand in Qatar lies between the Main Grandstand and turn 1, opposite the pitlane exit. The grandstand’s key selling point is its view of the start. With the start/finish line within sight, fans sitting here are pretty much guaranteed an exciting view come lights out on race day.

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North Grandstand © Lusail Circuit Sports Club

What about the rest of the time, though? Turn 1 is still a long way off from here and not visible from the North Grandstand. That makes it a basic view of the straight. Seeing F1 cars at speed always delivers a thrill but does become monotonous over time.

Overall, though that incredible sight of the start might be enough to make this worthwhile for some fans, the North Grandstand is something of a one-trick pony. I would expect this to turn out to be the least impressive grandstand options in Qatar.

T2 Grandstand


If the last Grand Prix here is anything to go by, the first sequence of corners at the Losail circuit will be where most of the action takes place. There wasn’t a huge amount of overtaking here in 2021, but when there was, it was usually into turn 1, with tussles continuing up to turn 4. Now with redesigned cars to allow closer racing, fans can expect the wheel-to-wheel battles here to be ramped up a notch.

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T2 Grandstand © Lusail Circuit Sports Club

Wrapped around the interior of turn 2 in a V shape, the two sides of the grandstand offer entirely different views. From the turn 1 facing side, fans have a great view of the pack exiting from turn 1 and funnelling into turn 2.

The other end of the grandstand meanwhile has views of the cars as they round turn 2 and race off towards turn 3, with a possibility of distant views to the interior of the track.

Given the freestyle seating (seats aren’t reserved), this ‘two views for the price of one’ grandstand makes for an enticing offer. Try sitting in the corner entry end of the grandstand, and when you’re ready for something different, go and find a free seat in the other part of the stand.

T3 Grandstand


New for 2023, the aptly named Turn 3 Grandstand on the exterior of the track at turn 3 promises to be a decent choice for fans at the Losail circuit. The stretch from turn 3 to 4 has seen some wheel-to-wheel action in the past.

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T3 Grandstand © Lusail Circuit Sports Club

The new grandstand will feature a view of the entry and exit to the medium-speed turn 3 and the run down to turn 4. There is also the chance to see the pack at a distance as they make their way around parts of the infield.

Perhaps the greatest drawback of the T3 Grandstand though is not the view but the location. This grandstand is the furthest point to the FanZone behind the Main Grandstand, meaning some potentially long walks in the Qatar heat.

T16 Grandstand


Another new and imaginatively named grandstand, the T16 Grandstand, is at turn 16 in the exterior of the corner. It’s a position that should provide fans with a broad view of both the approach to the corner and the exit onto the main straight. What’s more, the pitlane entrance will be visible, so fans here will be the first to know of any race strategy calls.

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T16 Grandstand © Lusail Circuit Sports Club

Given the nature of the final corner, it’s unlikely to produce the kind of action seen in turns 1 to 4, and that certainly proved to be the case in the last race here in 2021. This will, however, be a crucial corner for drivers to get right as they power onto the main straight.

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