Motorsport

F1 attendance up 8% in 2017

2017-12-09 16:02
World champion Lewis Hamilton. (Tony Gutierrez, AP)

Cape Town - Attendances at Formula One grands prix weekends are on the up again with an eight percent rise on figures from the 2016 season.

Over four million fans attended races throughout the season which was the start of a new era of Formula One ownership with Liberty wanting to enhance the experience for fans and bring them closer to the sport.

The biggest surge in attendance came at Baku, with figures rising from 30 000 in 2016 to 71 451 in 2017 which represents a 58 percent rise.

However, there were five races where attendances were down from 2016: Japan (5.84 percent decrease), Russia (5.33 percent), USA (4.61 percent), the British Grand Prix (1.6 percent) and Mexico (0.87 percent).

Managing director Sean Bratches was nevertheless encouraged by the figures and reiterated Liberty's desire to put the fans first.

He 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 One 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."

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