General Admission at the Spanish Grand Prix
General Admission at the Circuit de Catalunya is a worthwhile option boasting many and varied viewing areas with views of the circuit that are close to the circuit in places and allow expansive views of the track in others.
Situated on sloped grassy areas around the circuit, just about the only thing lacking here is comfort. Bare in mind when considering general admission that getting around on these banked viewing platforms is not suitable for anyone who struggles with mobility, are exposed to the often scorching sun and that the best spots will be snapped up as soon as the gates are opened.
Basing yourself in the general admission areas around turns 4 and 5 offers some good viewing with an easy walk connecting the two areas meaning you can easily get some variation to your view of the race.
Best Grandstands at the Spanish Grand Prix
Many of the grandstands at the Circuit de Catalunya offer good views of large sweeping sections of track and very few of the stands would leave you disappointed. It’s hard though to justify the vast price difference the step up to a grandstand entails. With such good views for general admission, perhaps the biggest benefit of a grandstand is the added comfort they offer on what is potentially a long, hot day.
My favourite place to watch at the Spanish Grand Prix has to be Grandstand G. The stand stretches from turn 12 to 13 and has an expansive view of the track from La Caixxa to the chicane, providing ample opportunity to appreciate the racing over a number of varying types of corners and for a generous duration.
Reasonably priced Grandstand A offers a good view of cars coming off the main straight into turn 1, often the scene of a lot of action during the race being the only real overtaking spot. You’l also be able to follow the cars through turn 2 and disappear into the magnificent turn 3. Later in the lap you’ll see them reappear in the distance at turn 5.
Grandstand J occupies a no-mans land between the start/finish line and turn one. It is a little too distant to see the grid preparations and the start; turn one is distant, but you will get to see some pit stops, the pit exit and looking across to the infield section you see the cars exit turn 5, take on the sweeping turn 6 and disappear behind a giant screen just opposite the grandstand.