Formula One (F1) has announced a spectator increase of 1.75% at its 2019 Grand Prix’s when compared to 2018, as well as confirming a 7.15% rise in Formula 1®Paddock Club ticket holders and a 1.85% rise in average race attendance.
The motor racing giant revealed that three Grand Prix events attracted an attendance of over 300,000 spectators over the race weekend – Silverstone, Great Britain (351,000), Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico (345,694) and Albert Park Grand Prix, Australia (324,100).
As well as this, F1 also revealed that a total of eight, over a third of all its Grand Prix events, attracted crowds of over 200,000, including Singapore and USA (268,000 each), Belgium (251,864), Hungary (230,000) and Austria (203,000). Moreover, the 90th edition of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza registered its highest-ever weekend attendance with 200,000 spectators.
Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations, F1 stated: “2019 has been another great year for Formula 1 and we are delighted to see that over 4 million fans joined us at our 21 races, beating the attendance figures for last year, including a record-breaking Italian Grand Prix weekend attendance with 200,000 spectators.
“Our mission is to unleash the greatest racing spectacle on the planet and give our fans an experience they will never forget. We are therefore delighted to see that, based on research carried out on the ground, those attending events are enjoying their experience over a race weekend and we are determined to ensure they continue to feel that way.”
The most significant increases compared to F1’s 2018 season were the races hosted in Montreal, Shanghai, Melbourne, Spielberg, Budapest and the aforementioned Monza which recorded increased attendance of 14.69%, 10.34%, 9.86%, 9.73%, 9.52% and 9.29% respectively.
As well as the attendance increase across race weekends in general, attendances for race-days is also up 4%.
Silverstone, Mexico City, Austin, Singapore, Spa-Francorchamps and Melbourne saw crowds of over 100,000 spectators on race-day, with six races (China, Austria, Belgium, Singapore, Japan and USA) also registering crowd increases compared to 2018 with the most significant rise being F1’s 1,000th Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit which saw crowd’s increase by 30%.
Bratches concluded: “2019 has been an incredible season and we are already looking forward to next year when Hanoi and Zandvoort will join our 22 race calendar and when Formula 1 celebrates its 70th anniversary.”