Formula 1 has reported that attendance for this year’s slate of 20 races was up 8% over 2016, topping more than four million spectators for the season.
According to the official figures cited by the series’ official website, average attendance per event was 203,570, with race day average attendance estimated at 76,722. F1 noted that this is more than the average attendances reported for the NFL in 2016, the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League and the Bundesliga in 2016/17, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Among the 13 events to report attendance increases, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku was up the most in percentage – 58% over last year – while the Canadian and Austrian Grands Prix posted the biggest numbers gains, both adding 60,000 spectators to their weekend totals from 2016.
“An attendance of more than 200,000 per event means that for 20 weekends per year, the population of a medium-sized city visits a racetrack to watch to a Formula 1 Grand Prix,” Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations for F1, told F1.com. “Our duty is to make each of these events even more entertaining to unleash what is the greatest racing spectacle on the planet.”