In the round-up: Formula 1’s growing popularity in the United States resulted in record-breaking audiences this year, according to ESPN.
F1 breaks record for TV audience size in USA
Formula 1’s 2022 season was its most popular yet in the United States for fans watching on television, with an average of 1.21 million viewers per race according to figures released by ESPN.
The media network combined viewership across the ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC channels for calculating its figures, which was a 28% increase on the previous record set last year of 949,000 viewers on average per race.
Another record was also set by the Miami Grand Prix, which attracted 2.583 million viewers in the US and therefore became the most watched F1 race ever in the country. There was also a significant increase in female viewership, which on average equated to 352,000 viewers per pace (an increase of 34% over 2021) and an improved 72/28 gender split in the audience.
Ukraine solidarity group projects message on Red Bull F1 HQ
Ukraine Solidarity Project, an activism group that calls out international companies for continuing to maintain a business presence in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, projected a message on the side of Red Bull’s Formula 1 headquarters in Milton Keynes on Monday night seeking for the brand to stop selling its energy drink in Russia.
The two-minute long statement was read out by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Oleksandra Matviichuk, and began with “this is a message for Max Verstappen and all Red Bull athletes” as the project requested that brand ambassadors ask Red Bull about their continued presence in Russia.
Red Bull have been approached for a comment.
F2 testing begins in Abu Dhabi
Formula 2’s three-day post-season test got underway at Yas Marina circuit on Wednesday, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Richard Verschoor setting the fastest lap in the afternoon session.
MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger was fastest in the morning, heading Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan and Verschoor. A cooler track meant quicker laps later in the day, and Verschoor just pipped Prema duo Frederik Vesti and Ollie Bearman to the top.
Trident’s Roman Stanek and Hitech GP’s Jak Crawford both caused red flag stoppages during the day, with Crawford suffering a crash at turn two that required the barriers to be repaired.
Van Amersfoort announced Juan Manuel Correa will partner Verschoor in their line-up today.
McLaren Applied to continue supply of F1’s spec ECU until 2030
McLaren Applied has extended its contract to supply Formula 1 with its Standard Electronic Control Unit (SECU) until 2030.
The company, which was sold by the McLaren Group in August 2021 but is still based in the same building as the group’s racing and automotive subsidiaries, first became F1’s SECU supplier in 2008 and has had its contract renewed several times by the FIA in the years since. Its current deal ends with the 2025 F1 season, and the new contract will then cover off the five seasons after that.
“Motorsports remain our absolute focus, and we’re delighted to extend our partnership with the FIA for the supply of the standard SECU to all teams in F1,” said McLaren Applied chairman Nick Fry.
“Our current SECU has done over 1.5 million race kilometres without a reported in-race failure since its introduction in 2008 and we look forward to maintaining this exemplary record to 2030 and beyond.”
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