The average attendance at grand prix weekend increased by 2.7% in 2018, with Formula 1 announcing more than four million spectators came to races.
Across the 21 races last season, an average of 194,919 people attended during the race weekend, with six races exceeding the quarter of a million mark. The highest attendance over a weekend was registered at the British Grand Prix (340,000) just ahead of Mexico (334,946), Australia (295,000), USA (263,160), Singapore (263,000) and Belgium (250,000).
With a modest increase across all the races on average, the events to see the most growth were Azerbaijan (+31.6%), Austria (+27.6%), Japan (+20.4%) and Canada (+11.4%).
On Sundays, a total of 1,702,959 attended races, working out at an average of 81,093 per grand prix. Again Silverstone had the highest number of spectators with 140,500, while 135,407 saw Lewis Hamilton wrap up the drivers’ championship in Mexico, and Austin’s Circuit of The Americas drew an estimated race day crowd of 111,580 just one week earlier.
Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations at Formula 1, says research among attendees was positive, as 70% of spectators canvassed describe a grand prix as a ‘very enjoyable experience’, while 65% rate tickets as ‘very or quite good value for money’.
“With nearly 200,000 spectators at each grand prix, and more than 80,000 packing the grandstands for Sunday’s races across the season, it demonstrates that these big numbers compare favorably with other major sporting events, thus confirming a trend for growth,” Bratches said.
“We are particularly pleased with the results and research carried out through the season regarding satisfaction levels of spectators, as they prove that our efforts to engage fans are working well. The whole show of a grand prix weekend — the Formula 1 race, all the support series and the activities around the track — constitutes a great experience for the fans, as the attendance and research figures confirm.
“We strongly believe that Formula 1 has great potential which still hasn’t been fully exploited and we are fully committed to improving the fan experience in the future.”