Already the pre-sale gives an idea: the rush to the Formula 1 race in Spielberg is bigger than ever. There are many indications that, for the first time in history, around 300,000 fans could come to the race in Styria. The race on Sunday has been sold out for a long time. Most recently there were only remaining tickets for the days before. If in the end the three are actually in front, you would be at the forefront when it comes to attending large payment events in Austria and thus a special event of superlatives.
The previous audience record was set in 2014. At that time, the top motorsport class celebrated its comeback in Austria. The Red Bull Ring welcomed 220,000 fans back then. But since then, interest in Formula 1 has increased again. Last year’s season alone, with its crazy finale in Abu Dhabi, was watched by more than 1.5 billion viewers. Most recently, Oliver Blume, head of the car manufacturer Porsche, which is interested in entering Formula 1 soon, emphasized that Formula 1 is now playing in a league with the soccer Champions League, the Olympic Games and the soccer World Cup.
There are many reasons for the growing interest in Formula 1. On the one hand, the premier class of motorsport has attracted attention with exciting races. In addition, the hype has reached a new dimension with the Neflix series “Drive to survive”. As for Spielberg, four-time winner Max Verstappen is a reliable crowd puller – despite the home race at Zandvoort. After two years in pandemic mode, the fans are also ready to go full throttle again.
They love Formula 1 racing and are enthusiastic about the title fight, which ended last December in Verstappen’s nerve-wracking finish. You and the “Orange Army”, which will again storm the Spielberg in Upper Styria in 2022, will be much more this time from Friday to Sunday (July 8th to 10th) at the “Holiday Grand Prix” at the 4.318-kilometer Red Bull Ring than previously commanded.
The weekend in Spielberg starts on Thursday with the Pitlane Walk. The qualifying already takes place on Friday, since a sprint race will take place for the first time in Austria on Saturday. In addition, there is the return of the Legends parade, the Green Carpet (both on Sunday). In addition, the races of the supporting series (Formula 3, Formula 2, Porsche Supercup) are increasing every day. This offers a lot of action on and off the track. The popular Air Display is already a harbinger of Air Power in September. The highlight is the race on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Because the demand is so huge and the official FIA fan zone behind turn 1 is bursting at the seams, a second fan zone was set up with the “Steiermark Village” on the right in front of the main entrance. The site for around 40,000 campers has been expanded again.
The rush of spectators to the race track, which is an hour’s drive from the Styrian capital of Graz, is a particular challenge this time for arrival and departure management. Attempts are being made to focus on arriving by bus, train and bike (“3B”). Some trains therefore travel to Spielberg from all over Austria and abroad.