Sochi Autodrom Grandstands Guide. The Main Grandstand
Sochi Autodrom invites all motorsport fans to enjoy the 2017 FORMULA 1 VTB RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX and choose your seats in the grandstands, well-situated along the track sectors, where the most spectacular events take place
The Main Grandstand is undoubtedly the favourite for many spectators as the start/finish line is the place full of the most exciting race moments – when the cars start their engines and when the marshals wave the chequered flag. The Main Grandstand visitors are the first to welcome the winner and witness the unforgettable emotions. Also this grandstand is the best place to see how the drivers enter the first corner and take the exit from the last corner. You can watch the whole race on the big TV-screens; the Level 4 offers a fantastic panoramic view.
The Main Grandstand seat allows you to have a look at the holy grail of Formula 1 – the pit lane and the paddock. The fans will have a chance to see the skills of the mechanics during the pit stops, when the tyre changes are made in less than two seconds!
The podium ceremony is another bonus for the Main Granstand ticket holders. The champagne spray, the anthem for the winner, the atmosphere of joy and triumph… you can share all these emotions with the drivers!
For sure, each Formula 1 fan supports a certain team or a driver. Sochi Autodrom is happy to share a small secret with you. Below you can find the approximate location of the teams' garages in relation to the Main Grandstand sectors. This will help you in choosing the seat to get the best view of your favorite team.
Mercedes – 201,202 sectors
Red Bull Racing– 201,202 sectors
Ferrari – 202,203 sectors
Force India – 203,204 sectors
Williams – 204,205 sectors
McLaren – 205,206 sectors
Toro Rosso – 206,207 sectors
Haas F1 Team- 207,208 sectors
Renault – 208,209 sectors
Sauber – 209,210 sectors
The Main Grandstand has a roof ensuring you can enjoy the action no matter what the weather. Inside the building the visitors can access the cafes and souvenir shops, the children's room and WCs. On the first floor there is a motorsport museum, where over fifty race and sports cars are on display . The exhibition includes such unique cars as the real Formula 1 car - Jaguar R5B 2004; the speed record holder of the 90s - Jaguar XJ220; the legendary ultralight Ferrari F40 road car Ferrari; the famous Delorean model made of the stainless steel, the character of the "Back to the Future" movies; James Bond's Aston Martin DB9 and many others.
Main Grandstand Lounges
On Levels 3 and 5 of the Main Grandstand the Platinum, Gold and Premium Lounges are located. The lounges meet the requirements of the most demanding customers. The guests are offered catering a la carte, impeccable service and the best track views. The race can also be seen on the wide TV-screens. The lounge tickets holders get the VIP access to the evening concerts at the Olympic Park Central Square. They also have a priority access to the pit lane walk, autograph session with the drivers and a lot of other services to provide a true luxury racing weekend.
The tickets to the different sectors and lounges of the Main Grandstand are available at https://formula1.sochiautodrom.ru/tickets/, and in Sochi Autodrom's ticket offices. At the web-site you can use the track plan to choose the best seat.
For disabled visitors, Sochi Autodrom offers discounted Main Grandstand tickets. The 2-day ticket for the wheelchair users, with a companion costs 1900 rubles, the 4-days ticket is offered at the price of 2400 rubles.
Who else but the racing driver can tell what happens on the track in front of the Main Grandstand audience? What racing events can the spectators expect when they see the exit from the last corner, the start/finish line and the entry to the first corner?
Our expert today is Boris Shulmeister, the General Director of the Mitjet Series Russia, that was the support race of the Formula 1 Russian Grand-Prix in 2016. Boris Shulmeister is one of the most famous Russian racing drivers, the 2014 Champion in circuit racing (Touring Light class), the multiple prize-winner of Russian Championships in circuit racing, rally and other motorsport competitions, the 2015 Mitjet Series Russia Cup winner and the Head of the ARCTIC ENERGY RACING SCHOOL.
Boris Shulmeister: "The last corner is very important as it leads to the longest straight of Sochi Autodrom, and then – to the first and second corners. We have to remember that we pass the first corner at full-throttle, that's why we see it as a part of the long straight, and the sector between the last and the second corner is more than one kilometer. Therefore, the driver, making the exit from the last corner at top speed, reaches maximum speed at the end of the long straight - this is the faster sector. Most of the overtaking manoeuvers commence after the first corner as the car is accelerating on the way to the second turn. If we talk specifically about Mitjet cars, they reach speeds of 206-208 km/h here and around 215-2017 km/h in a slipstream. Slipstream works brilliantly here! I really like the Sochi Autodrom layout. This is, for sure, the fastest and the longest Russian race track. It also an all-season circuit that allows us to conduct tests in all seasons".