The upward trend in Formula 1 ticket prices has continued in 2019, though at a slower pace than last year. More than half of race promoters have raised ticket prices slightly this year, while prices at the remaining races have remained largely steady. No significant or “across the board” ticket price reductions have taken place at any race on the 2019 F1 calendar.
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2019 Formula 1 ticket prices: Key findings
The 2019 Formula 1 calendar features the same 21 races as last year, so average prices haven’t been impacted by new/departing races. It should also be noted that whilst prices in local currencies have risen at many races in 2019, this has been offset by an approximate 8% fall in the value of the EUR against the USD over the past 12 months – around half of F1 tickets are priced in EUR, while this ranking is calculated in USD.
- The cheapest F1 tickets in 2019 are offered in China, Russia, Japan and Hungary. The most expensive are sold in Abu Dhabi and Monaco.
- At $163, the average price of 3-day General Admission tickets is relatively stable year-on-year ($161 in 2018). The cheapest General Admission tickets are sold in China ($70) and the most expensive in Abu Dhabi ($272).
- At $264, the average price of the cheapest 3-day grandstand tickets at each event are also unchanged from last year. Hungary sells the cheapest 3-day grandstand tickets on the calendar ($105) and Monaco the most expensive ($723).
- The price of the cheapest grandstand seats opposite the pits averages $552. The cheapest seats of this type are offered in China and Russia (circa $200), while the most expensive are sold in Mexico and will set you back an eye-watering $1500.
- Comparing the price of a 3-day General Admission tickets vs the average monthly wage in each race location, the cheapest race for locals is in Japan where it costs just 2.4% of the average monthly wage to purchase a weekend ticket. At the other end of the scale, the average resident in Baku will spend over 50% of their monthly wage on a race ticket. Affordability for locals is also a significant issue in other emerging markets that Formula 1 visits, notably Mexico and Brazil.
3-Day General Admission Tickets
General Admission (or roaming) tickets provide access to the venue but no reserved seat. As there is no traditional General Admission offer in Mexico, Bahrain or Brazil, we have used the prices of the cheapest 3-day grandstand ticket instead for these races.
The average price of 3-day General Admission tickets in 2019 is $163 (up from $161 in 2018 and $142 in 2017). At $70, China sells the calendar’s cheapest 3-day General Admission tickets. General Admission tickets are also priced under $100 in Russia and Japan. At the other end of the scale, the most expensive General Admission tickets are sold in Great Britain, Monaco, Mexico and Abu Dhabi (all above $200 for 3-days).
Cheapest 3-Day Grandstands
The tickets compared here are the cheapest reserved seats at each race. They are not always an individual seat with a back; some races offer bleacher-style seating.
The average price of the cheapest 3-day grandstand tickets at each race on the 2019 F1 calendar is $264, which is unchanged from 2018 (and up from $231 in 2017). Hungary’s Bronze 1 & 2 grandstands are still the cheapest on the calendar ($105 for 3 days), while several other races – Russia, China, Japan & Canada – have grandstand tickets priced at under $150 for the weekend. At the other end of the scale, there are no grandstand seats in Belgium priced under $400 and prices are even higher in Monaco and Abu Dhabi.
Cheapest 3-Day Grandstands Opposite the Pits
Seats with views of the pits and start-finish line are amongst the most popular at each race and also provide a good measure for comparison. As some races have many different price categories of such seats, based on either row height or proximity to the start-finish line, we’ve compared the cheapest available at each venue. For Monaco, where the pits are not located on the start-finish straight, we’ve used prices from Grandstand T Lower (which has views of the pits). This category is new for 2019, so we cannot compare the prices of these tickets with previous years.
The average price of the cheapest 3-day grandstand seats with views of the pits is $552. The cheapest seats of this kind are sold in China and Russia (approx. $200) while the most expensive are sold in Singapore and Mexico ($945 & $1500 respectively).
Affordability for Locals
We’ve also analyzed the affordability of attending a race for locals in each destination by comparing the cost of a 3-day General Admission ticket against the average monthly salary using 2017 OECD figures adjusted by PPP when available or sourced the best available data from various internet sources. We’ve used French wage data for Monaco.
Tickets are relatively affordable for locals in most F1 host countries (costing less than 7% of the monthly average wage in 13 of 21 destinations). The cheapest races for locals to attend are in Japan, Austria and Canada, where a 3-day General Admission ticket costs less than 3% of the average monthly wage. At the other end of the scale, an F1 weekend is out of the reach for most locals in Brazil (28% of monthly earnings), Mexico (30.8%) and Azerbaijan (57.3%).
Below, we’ve looked at the price trend over the last 5 years for two of the Formula 1 ticket categories we’ve been tracking, 3-day General Admission Tickets and the cheapest 3-day grandstand tickets. This is the average price across the whole calendar, expressed in $USD. Remember that average prices are impacted by year-on-year currency changes and also by the addition and removal of races from the calendar. Part of the jump in prices from 2017 to 2018 can be explained by the loss of the Malaysian Grand Prix, which offered the cheapest tickets on the calendar.
Average General Admission ticket prices have risen approximately 14% over the past 5 years from $143 to 163, whilst the average price of the cheapest grandstand at each race has increased by almost 16% over the same period ($228 to $264).
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