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Formula 1 attendance numbers reach four million in 2017

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Attendances at F1 grands prix weekends are on the up again with an 8% rise on figures from the 2016 season.

F1’s original press release stated that “four million spectators attended the 20 races of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship, an 8% increase on 2016.” In fact, based on the figures in the press release, the increase should have been 8.8% as almost all of the percentages which generated the total were inaccurate as can be easily seen below.

Thirteen races registered positive increments. The highest increase in percentage was registered for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku (named European Grand Prix in 2016 season), with a +138.17% increase.

Two race promoters, for Monaco and Abu Dhabi, declared an unchanged attendance compared to 2016, while only five had a slight decrease. The highest, in absolute figures, was Austin (-11,889, -4.4%) while in percentage terms Japan was down 5.5%.

The global average attendance per event was 203,570, while for race day, the estimated average attendance was 76,722. For reference, during 2016/17 the UEFA Champions League had an average attendance of 43,016 spectators per match, the Premier League 35,822 and the Bundesliga 41,511. The 2014 FIFA World Cup had an average of 53,592 live spectators, while the 2016 NFL regular season scored an average of 69,487 spectators per match.

Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1 said:

“The 2017 season was a great spectacle, on and off track, thanks to drivers, teams and, most of all, fans, the beating heart of our sport. 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 race track to watch to a Formula 1 Grand Prix. Our duty is to make each of these events even more entertaining to unleash what is the greatest racing spectacle on the planet.”

Below the 2017 race-by-race figures and the comparison with 2016.

GRAND PRIX20162017DIFFERENCE%
Australia271800296600248000.0912
China14000014500050000.0357
Bahrain920009300010000.0109
Russia158000150000-8000-0.0506
Spain165029177984129550.0785
Monaco20000020000000
Canada300000360000600000.2
Azerbaijan3000071451414511.3817
Austria85000145000600000.7059
Great Britain350000344500-5500-0.0157
Hungary176000199000230000.1307
Belgium233730265000312700.1338
Italy147500185000375000.2542
Singapore219000260000410000.1872
Malaysia88828110604217760.2451
Japan145000137000-8000-0.0552
USA269889258000-11889-0.0461
Mexico339967337043-2924-0.0086
Brazil13641014121848080.0352
Abu Dhabi19500019500000
Total374315340714003282470.0877

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