Many fans may assume the most-watched Grand Prix in Formula One is the prestigious Monaco GP or the finale in Abu Dhabi. However, at the recent Azerbaijan GP, a new record was set as there was a huge boost in viewership from the United States.
Without a show of a doubt, the Netflix special, Drive to Survive must have played a key role in getting the numbers up in the sport. We can only assume that these statistics will keep increase along with the popularity of the series.
What were the statistics for the Azerbaijan GP?
Joe Pompliano, sports analyst from New York reported that ESPN had over 950,000 viewers for the Azerbaijan GP in Baku last weekend. Most-watched F1 contest this season, and the Largest US audience for Baku in history. The total viewership of F1 in the US increased by 36%.
ESPN had over 950,000 viewers for the Azerbaijan GP in Baku last weekend.
• Most-watched F1 contest this season
• Largest US audience for Baku in history
Total F1 viewership in the US is up 36%. pic.twitter.com/tLBAtl7r1D
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) June 9, 2021
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What made the race in Baku so interesting?
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix was one of the most dramatic and exciting races we had so far this season. Max Verstappen who was leading the race and the championship table had a huge crash that saw him retire from the race and lost the oppourtinity to score vital points need for the title.
The Dutchman’s crash brought out the red flag and the race had to be started with just two laps remaining. His arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton was in second place and was aiming to take the lead from Red Bull’s Sergio Perez. However, Hamilton pushed too hard as he was heading into turn one, and found himself in the run-off area.
The Knight fell from second to fifteenth on the grid in a matter of seconds. It was the first time in years, that Lewis had endured a poor finish in his F1 career.
Another vital part of the race, was that Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel scored his first podium of the season by coming second. After seeing him have a poor start in his new chapter, it was refreshing for his fans to see the four-time world champion back on the top step.
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