Australian Grand Prix attracts record crowd for 2023

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The 2023 Australian Formula One Grand Prix attracted 444,631 fans across the weekend in Melbourne, with 131,124 fans attending on race day. 

Yesterday’s (Sunday’s) race was an eventful occasion with three red flags, and eventually saw Max Verstappen take the number one spot followed by Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

The total figure beat last year’s 419,114 across the entire weekend at Albert Park, which was a record for the Melbourne staging of the event at the time.

Australia’s overall record attendance is an estimated 520,000 for the 1995 grand prix, which was the final running of the event in Adelaide. An estimated 210,000 fans attended the race day in 1995. The 131,124 is also the second-highest race-day attendance for Melbourne, with the city’s first staging of the race in 1996 attracting over 150,000.

In November, race organisers were forced to redesign the grandstands in order to accommodate soaring interest from motorsport fans.

Melbourne’s attendance surpassed the 440,000 that attended last year’s United States Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

F1 is continuing to celebrate its growing popularity, in part thanks to the Netflix series ‘Drive to Survive’, which goes behind the scenes throughout the season. Other stops on the calendar, including the British Grand Prix, have also witnessed a surge in ticket sales.