The view from the small but popular stand 34 overlooking the hairpin, photo by Fabian Rodriguez

The view from the small but popular stand 34 overlooking the hairpin, photo by Fabian Rodriguez

In 2011 for much of the race the only action to be seen was in the pits and on the grid while the Candian Grand Prix was red flagged due to rain. Certainly in 2011 then the gold Candian Grand Prix tickets for the start finish were worth the cost but what about in a normal year? Canada does in fact have a start finish where there can be a lot of action and there is of course the wall of champions, seeing how close cars get is impressive, seeing them hit the wall shows you just how much destructive power a grand prix car has when it comes into contact with something. There are however two lines out of the final corner and therefore overtaking out of here and down the start finish is also highly likely.

 

The silver 12 grandstand is a good place to buy Canadian Grand Prix tickets for as well though as it looks across turns 1 and 2, where cars often get pushed on to the grass, as well as the pit exit. The stands around the hairpin, all in the silver price bracket and numbered 15, 24 and 21, are also good places to watch and photograph on one of the slower parts of the track. Grandstand 34 is small and popular so tickets sell out fast but it looks at the hairpin from further back meaning a good view of cars heading into and out of the hairpin and again good opportunities to photograph.

 

General admission at Montreal is quite good and much of the track has only general admission without any stands: this includes the straight coming into the final chicane however general admission views are often limited as there are a lot of trees and though you may be near the track that doesn’t always man you can see it as there are few raised banks and the hefty barriers and catch fencing make it difficult to see.