The history of Formula 1 in Russia continues - Sochi Autodrom has successfully hosted the second Russian Grand Prix. The competitions were held at the highest level and justified the highest expectations, confirming its status as one of the best rounds of the season.
Over four days of the race weekend 149 thousand people came to the most modern circuit in the Eastern Europe, and on Sunday, 11 October, 62 thousand people witnessed the final session in the stands and the Olympic Park. These figures show a growing interest of the fans towards Formula 1 and demonstrate that motorsport in Russia is quickly developing.
The race was won by British driver of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari finished second, while Sergio Perez, a Sahara Force India F1 Team driver, came home in third. Russian driver Daniil Kvyat finished fifth. The winner covered the entire race distance in 1 hour 37 minutes 11.024 seconds, six minutes longer than last year's race. In 2015, the drivers managed to break the Sochi Autodrom top speed record, which now is 334.4 km/h, and also set a new best lap time - in Saturday's qualifying Nico Rosberg clocked 1:37.113, which is almost one and a half seconds faster. The final results of the race allowed Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team to secure a victory in the Constructors' Championship ahead of time, already in Russia, for the second year in a row.
The 2015 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX became the main motorsport event of the year in the country and one of the most prominent sporting events. Over 350 journalists, among whom there were representatives of the largest Russian and international news agencies such as Reuters, Associated Press, AFP, F-Sport, Interfax and many others, came to the race. The Grand Prix was broadcast live by Russiya 2, Sky Sports, RTL, Canal + and other accredited TV companies. Media praised the high level of organisation and the quality of the media services.
In total, 149,000 people visited the circuit over four days of the weekend. About 20 thousand people came Sochi Autodrom on Thursday, the first day of the 2015 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX, and about 25 thousand spectators came to the track on Friday. 42 thousand fans watched the Formula 1 qualifying session at the circuit. The circuit gathered more than 52 thousand people on Sunday, October 11, and, in total, there were 62 thousand people in the Olympic Park, which is several thousand more than on October 12, 2014, the day of the first ever Russian Grand Prix.
The best Russian specialists and international experts with an extensive experience in the delivery of Grand Prix were involved in the organisation of the event. More than 1,200 volunteers from 17 countries, including Russia, China, India and Canada, worked with the guests of the 2015 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX. About 500 volunteers were involved in the opening ceremony, which culminated in the performance by 75 dancers.
OVER 99% OF THE SPECTATORS HAVE BEEN SATISFIED WITH THE 2015 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX: RBC SURVEY RESULTS
Based on the results of the survey made by RBC.research, 99.4% of the spectators that visited the second round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Russian history were satisfied with the level of the event organisation.
In 2015, the hybrid data acquisition technique was chosen. This technique incorporated both on-site survey of the visitors of the Grand Prix and an on-line survey of the spectators upon the completion of the Event.
Such a survey was conducted by the organisers for the second year in a row. The results of the Grand Prix spectators' satisfaction analysis show a positive trend - some figures remained at the same high level, and a number of figures improved compared to last year.
The organisers were praised for many areas. As for the overall satisfaction from attending the race - the fans gave it six points out of seven. First of all, the guests of Sochi Autodrom noted the high level of the work performed by its personnel and volunteers, as well as the thrill of the races and the comfort of the grandstands. High ratings were also given to the transport during the days of the event, enhanced by additional buses and suburban trains, and the rich entertainment programme.
The fans stated their interest to Formula 1 as the main reason why they had attended the 2015 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX, and many said that they had decided to attend the event on the basis of their last year' experience. Almost 20% of the spectators said they had come to the grandstands to watch Daniil Kvyat. About 10% of the respondents stated the low ticket prices among the reasons that prompted them to come to the race.
It is interesting that many members of the older age groups attended the race for the second time, while young people came to the competition following the recommendations of their friends and acquaintances.
Most of the spectators who came to the 2015 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX constantly follow motorsport competitions: 48% of the respondents do not miss a single race and 24% follow the competitions from time to time. At the same time, 15% of the respondents noted that they are not interested in Formula 1, and had come to the Russian round based on the recommendations of their friends.
According to the survey, about 60% of the fans who had come to the race, were planning to visit the 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, and 23% had not yet decided whether to come to Sochi Autodrom for the next race.
The ticket prices have also been analysed which has allowed to determine the optimal prices, which have been reflected in the 2016 ticketing programme.