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British F1 Grand Prix sets single-day attendance record

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The 2024 edition of the British Formula 1 Grand Prix set a new single-day attendance record at Silverstone Circuit. 

Sunday’s race was won by British Mercedes driver Sir Lewis Hamilton, followed by Red Bull driver and current world champion Max Verstappen in second, and McLaren driver (and the second Brit on the podium) Lando Norris in third.

The race saw 164,000 guests watch the entertainment unfold on the 3.66-mile track, an attendance record for Silverstone. The whole weekend attendance also matched 2023’s record-breaking dates with 480,000 fans packed into the circuit grounds.

The record-breaking number of fans also witnessed similarly record-breaking action on the track – Sunday’s win marked a ninth at Silverstone for Hamilton, and the driver’s first win anywhere since 2021. At 39 years and 182 days, he is the oldest F1 race winner of the 21st century, and is also the first driver to win a Grand Prix beyond their 300th start.

This year’s event also saw 47 musical acts entertain motorsport fans away from the track, with headliners in the form of Rudimental, Stormzy, Pete Tong and Kings of Leon.

Ticket sales

Silverstone’s managing director Stuart Pringle was forced to defend ticket prices following criticism from fans.

In the week leading up to the race, the cheapest three-day weekend ticket cost £629 (€745/$806) – though cheaper options were available earlier in the on-sale period.

The race weekend had struggled to sell all tickets as quickly as previous years, with the 2022 edition enjoying its fastest-ever sell-out.