The 2022 Singapore Grand Prix attracted the largest weekend attendance ever seen at Marina Bay Street Circuit. The 2022 figure was up 34,000 on the previous race at the track in 2019.
The official weekend attendance figure for the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix was 302,000, which is the largest attendance ever seen at Marina Bay Street Circuit. The event broke the record set by the inaugural Formula 1 night race at the track in 2008, which had a weekend attendance of 300,000.
Sergio Perez dominated the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix, securing a lights to flag victory in damp conditions. Thunderstorms and heavy rain saw the start of the race delayed by over an hour, though fans were kept entertained by the trackside concerts, which continued in spite of the weather. The rain may have soaked the circuit’s uncovered grandstands, but spectators were treated to an action-packed Grand Prix once racing got underway.
Singapore Grand Prix weekend attendance figures
With a weekend attendance of 302,000, the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix’s attendance figure was 34,000 higher than the last race here in 2019. Following a period of decline – and a record low figure of 218,000 in 2016 – attendance figures at Marina Bay Street Circuit have been on the rise since 2017. This can be partly explained by the discontinuation of the nearby Malaysian Grand Prix. Sepang International Circuit hosted its final race in 2017.
The Singapore Grand Prix remains a big draw for tourism in the city-state. The return of the event after a three-year break has prompted a 305% rise in the number of flight bookings to Singapore since the start of 2022, with a 17% rise in visitors from Oceania compared to the same period in 2019, the last time the race was held.
Formula 1 will continue to race in Singapore until at least 2028, following the signing of a new contract earlier this year. The 2023 Singapore Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on September 15-17.
Five races remain in 2022
The Singapore Grand Prix becomes the eighth race of the year to have a weekend attendance figure of over 300,000. The Australian Grand Prix has the highest weekend figure of the season to date with 420,000, while the British Grand Prix has the top race day attendance figure so far this year with 142,000.
There are now just five races remaining in the 2022 season. Next up is the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Japan has not yet re-opened to foreign tourists as a result of pandemic-related travel restrictions, meaning that the Japanese Grand Prix will take place in front of a largely Japanese-only crowd.
Following the Japanese Grand Prix, F1 returns to the Americas for a double header of races in Austin and Mexico City. The two races were two of the best-attended events last year and are expected to be just as popular in 2022.
The season then comes to a close with the Sao Paulo Grand Prix at Interlagos and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit, where a new grandstand has been constructed to cater for ticket demand.