This weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, of motor racing’s premier Formula 1 series, secured an estimated record attendance over its four days (April 7-10) of 419,114.
This total eclipses the previous record of 401,000, which was set at the Albert Park Circuit’s first grand prix in 1996, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation race organizer has said.
Over the four days, the race and qualifying sessions both secured attendances of over 120,000, while around 112,000 turned up for the Friday practice session and 55,000 attended the first day of proceedings on Thursday.
The Melbourne race, the third of the 2022 F1 season, was won by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, his second race victory of the season.
The lack of Australian F1 action over the last few years can in part explain the high numbers. Albert Park has not hosted its usual annual race for the last two years, with the events in 2020 and 2021 canceled because of logistical issues connected to Australia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In terms of television coverage, pay-TV heavyweight Foxtel holds near-exclusive F1 rights in Australia, having extended its existing rights deal for another three years just last month.
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Albert Park Circuit, which has been the Australian Grand Prix home for almost the last 26 years, has a contract to host F1 races through the 2025 campaign through a contract signed in July 2019.