F1 releases increased attendance data for 2019 as British GP heads the pack
British GP was the best attended grand prix in the 2019 F1 season as data reveals an overall growth as per the race promoters' numbers.
F1 released the data of the weekend attendance along with Sunday turnout for 2019, where the former saw British GP having the maximum number of fans with a total of 351,000 as Mexico GP was second with 345,694 and Australian GP having 324, 100.
While the above three had more than 300,000 spectators, eight other grand prix had over 200,000 F1 fans flock through the gates. The list had Singapore GP and US GP leading the pack with 268,000 as Belgium GP (251,864) was the third with 250,000+ fans.
The other races in the list were Hungarian GP (230,000), Austrian GP (203,000) and Italian GP (200,000) - the latter registering its highest ever attendance figure. Comparing it with the 2018 figures, Canadian GP saw an increase of 14.69 percent in attendance.
Likewise, the Chinese GP had 10.34 percent increase with Australian GP having 9.86 percent, Austrian GP 9.73 percent, Hungarian GP 9.52 percent and Italian GP 9.29 percent. The Sunday figure saw British GP lead again with 141,000 F1 fans.
The Silverstone race was followed by Mexico GP with 138,435, US GP with 128,000, Singapore GP with 115,240, Belgium GP with 109,064 and Australian GP with 102,000. The likes of China, Austria, Belgium, Singapore, Japan and USA had double digit increase.
Interestingly, the Chinese GP registered 30 percent increase on Sunday when F1 celebrated a historical milestone of 1000th grand prix. Taking the overall figure, the 21 races in all saw 4,164,948 fans, which is a 1.75 percent more than the previous season.
This number takes into the context the cancellation of Saturday running during F1 Japanese GP. Adding to the above total was 80,118 Paddock Club ticket holders, which is a 7.15 percent increase than 2018 as the average per race was 202,146.
The Sunday only attendance was 1,77,106 (excluding Australia, Singapore and Brazil), which was a 4 percent increase from 2018 F1 season. Upon the announcement, F1 Managing Director Sean Bratches stated:
"2019 has been another great year for F1 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.
"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 F1 celebrates its 70th anniversary."
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