Attendance is expected to hit record highs after next year’s Australian Grand Prix Sunday race day at Albert Park sold out in three-and-a-half hours on Tuesday.
Australian sports fans’ appetite for Formula 1 continues to recover, with up to 130,000 expected to turn out on the final day of the Melbourne event.
In April, thousands of fans gathered at the Albert Park street circuit to watch the first Australian Grand Prix in three years. The long-term disparity between races is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The popular Netflix series on F1 and near-perfect weather are some of the reasons for the crowds. General tickets for this year’s race day officially sold out in late February, about five to six weeks before the Grand Prix. The Australian Grand Prix Corporation said 419,114 entrants took part in the four-day race from Thursday to Sunday.
But when general admission tickets and grandstand seats for next April’s event went on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, organizers were surprised by the quick reception.
Renewed interest in F1, especially from non-traditional markets drive to survive The Netflix series, which means that if it is not improved, the success of 2022 will almost certainly be repeated.
This year’s figures include those who attended for more than one day, so they were counted more than once.
Before the huge crowds gathered at Albert Park this year, the last time a Formula 1 car raced around Melbourne’s lakeside circuit was in 2019, when Netflix’s follow-up Wallfly series had just hit theaters.
drive to survive It has since become a smash hit for the streaming service, and its success is credited with introducing new demographics to F1, particularly young women.
Organizers expect next April’s Grand Prix Saturday and Friday crowds could also reach Albert Park’s capacity of 125,000 to 130,000.