German GP was voted the best race by fans in 2019. A season continues to attract more than 4 million spectators to directly watch 21 races. Meanwhile, MotoGP racing village recently received a shocking information.
F1 has the second consecutive year to surpass the 4 million direct audience milestone. The organizers of the tournament announced the number of spectators coming to watch live at 21 racetracks in 2019 based on data provided by the racing organizers.
A total of 4,164,948 viewers attended at least one of the 21 stages of 2019, which increased by 1.75% compared to the 2018 season. Not to mention the 7th day at the Japanese GP stage in May. 10 was canceled due to the effects of Hurricane Hagibis. Thus, on average in each race, the organizers welcomed 202,146 spectators (+ 1.85% compared to 2018).
There were 3 races that surpassed 300,000 milestones in 3 main racing days, most were Silverstone (351,000), followed by Mexico (345,694) and Australia (324,100). More than a third of the stages in the year (8 stages) have more than 200,000 audiences, including Singapore and Austin (both 268,000) or Belgium (251,864). And most notably, Monza, Italy with a 90-year anniversary reached a record number (200,000).
Compared to 2018, the biggest improvement belongs to Montreal (+ 14.69%), followed by Shanghai (+ 10.34%), Melbourne (+ 9.86%), Spielberg (+ 9.73%) ), Budapest (+ 9.52%) and Monza (+ 9.29%). Particularly on the main race Sunday, there are 6 racetracks that welcome more than 100,000 people, including Silverstone (141,000), Mexico City (138,435), Austin (128,000), Singapore (115,240), Spa-Francorchamps (109,064) and Melbourne (102,000).
The 1000th race in F1 history took place in Shanghai earlier this year, witnessing a spike in audience numbers of up to 30% compared to last year on the official race day. Hopefully, the uptrend will continue in 2020. The season will include 22 races and two new faces: Zandvoort and Hanoi.
Recently, the F1 homepage opened a short election about the best race in 2019. In just one day of voting, there were more than 13,000 participants but the result was not too surprising. In the rain race in Hockenheim, Germany received the most votes (23%), followed by Brazil with 13% and Austria ranked third (3%).