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British GP named F1's biggest-growing race

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British GP named F1's biggest-growing race
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Jul 24, 2016, 10:55 AM

The British Grand Prix has emerged as Formula 1's biggest-growing event of the past decade, with a new report revealing that it has had the highest increase in attendance of any race.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
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Felipe Massa, Williams FW38

According to the Formula Money Grand Prix Attendance report, which is being published next week and has analysed F1 spectator numbers for the past decade, Silverstone's attendance figures have increased by a massive 79.5 percent since 2006.

On race day in 2006, there were 78,000 people present, while last year had a then-record 140,000 people turning up.

The Silverstone event has proved to be F1's most popular race overall for the past decade too, with a cumulative spectator figure of 1.12 million since 2006.

It puts it just ahead of Australia in the rankings, which had a total of 1.06 million as the season-opener for all but two of the years.

Spain drop

While overall F1 crowd figures actually increased by 8.5 percent last year, not all races have enjoyed a boom in audience.

Fernando Alonso's title success in 2005 and 2006 helped his home event become one of the biggest on the calendar at the time, with 131,200 visiting on race day in his second title year.

However, that figure had fallen to 86,700 by last season – which is a fall of 33.9 percent. Spain's highest race-day audience was 140,700 in 2007.

F1's recent low-point was 2009 when cumulative figures for all races hit just 2.9 million on the back of the global financial crisis.

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