The 2022 Formula 1 season was the year of an impressive media and commercial growth for Formula 1, which now seems to have completely overcome the risks of financial issues following the Covid-19 pandemic. The last championship, decided in the last race of the season at the end of an epic duel between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, captivated millions of fans all over the world and helped give a decisive boost to the popularity of the series. The level reached by Formula 1 in terms of attendance figures could be fully certified this year, in the first year almost completely free from post-Covid restrictions.
The numbers circulating regarding the attendance of spectators at the circuits are in fact impressive. The data available to carry out an analysis is not yet complete given that the references of four GPs are missing – Saudi Arabia, Imola, Monaco and Baku – but the figures do not lie: Formula 1 has far exceeded the five million spectators present in the grandstands of the racetracks during the year and – when the count will has included all 22 appointments – it is not excluded that we could get close to the six million mark.
Excluding Miami, which joined the calendar for the first time this year, in all the other 17 events for which official data is already available, the number of spectators which have attended the race weekends during the 2022 Formula 1 season has increased compared to the last F1 race held with the gates open on the same track.
The biggest increase was the Spanish Grand Prix: the 2019 event – the last one pre-pandemic – was seen by 160,428 spectators over the three days. In 2022 the figure increased by 73%, reaching 277,836. Second place in this particular ranking is held by the Italian Grand Prix: the Monza event was attended by 69% more fans in 2022 as compared to 2019. In addition to these stats, three circuits broke the milestone of 400,000 fans during the race weekend. Austin set the all-time record with an attendance of 440,000, followed by Melbourne and Silverstone.
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Even the audience for the final race of the 2022 Formula 1 season, held in Abu Dhabi, increased by 5% between 2021 and 2022. Even races for which complete data is not available should confirm this trend. With regard to Imola, for example, it is known that more than 100,000 tickets for the Sunday event alone had already been sold about a week before the race. All these numbers certify the fan demand and the constant increase in popularity of the sport.