Silverstone sells out of British GP tickets in record time


The 2022 F1 British GP is already a sellout and a record attendance is expected

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Formula 1’s momentum continues to build with Silverstone confirming that the 2022 British Grand Prix has sold out at record pace.

2022 will also be a record in terms of attendance after the addition of extra grandstand seating, bringing the race day crowd up to the 142,000 capacity.

It comes on the back of the Australian GP in Melbourne claimed a highest-ever attendance of 420,000, making it the highest-attended sporting event in Australia across a sporting event.

All three days of the ’22 British GP have sold out already, meaning this year’s race will take over from the 2021 edition as the record-setting event, with over 356,000 fans expected to descend upon Silverstone between Friday and Sunday.

It will be the first time in British Grand Prix history that all three days of an F1 weekend have sold out.

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“We have experienced unprecedented demand for tickets for the 2022 Formula 1 British Grand Prix,” Silverstone’s managing director Stuart Pringle is quoted by The Guardian.

“We have never reached a position of sellout so early in the year.

“We have increased capacity slightly by adding extra grandstand seats and anticipate our race day crowd to reach 142,000 this year. If sales continue at this pace, we expect to be sold out across all three days.”

Formula 1 is continuing to enjoy a boost in popularity, largely down to the epic 2021 title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and the Netflix Drive to Survive series.

This year’s 10-episode season 4 was Netflix’s most popular show in 33 countries upon release and, according to Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei, the audience has already surpassed the total achieved by season 3 last year.

F1’s cumulative TV audience during 2021’s record-breaking 22-race season was 1.55bn, up by 4% on 2020, with an average race audience of 70.3m.

The culmination of the Verstappen vs Hamilton championship battle attracted 108.7m viewers to watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on TV — the highest figure of the 2021 season.

Social media numbers are also up, with 1.5 billion clicks, likes, comments and other engagements on F1’s social media posts marking a 74% increase on the previous year.