Mexican Grand Prix bucks trend as attendance figures rise

Esteban Ocon - Credit: Manor Racing

The Mexican Grand Prix bucked the recent trend of second-year attendance figure drops after the 2016 event at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez saw a rise of spectators compared to its first event in 2015.

The recent new additions to the calendar have generally seen a drop in attendance in their second event, but the Mexican race saw 135,026 spectators attend this year compared to 134,845 in 2015, while overall attendance across the weekend rose from 336,174 to 339,967.

Organisers at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez were delighted with the support, with many coming out to support home drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.

“Once again we are blown away by the support of the Mexican people and the international motorsport fans who travelled from all over the world to attend our race,” said Alejandro Soberon, president of promoters CIE.

Soberon admits that whilst the 2017 calendar has them paired with the Brazilian Grand Prix on 5 November, the pairing could change, but he would be happy wherever the Mexican Grand Prix appears on the calendar.

“We still don’t have the final version of the calendar, we’re still studying it and are in conversations with Formula One,” said Soberon. “But whatever comes, it’s going to be fine.”