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A track will measure its success by bums on seats. Even if the race is a total bore, if over 100,000 turn up to watch annually, it is a success for the track owners and promoters and they will have done their job. Conversely if attendance is very low, they have failed.
On this basis the races at Bahrain, Korea, Hockenheim and India have failed dismally with falling gates. Less than 28000 attended the Bahrain race this year.
Races at Australia, Canada, Silverstone, China, Monaco and Austin were great successes with attendances over 100000. All have earned their place without question.
The largest fall in attendance however is that of the TV audience which have fallen by around 10% with the arrival of sKy and whoever organises the TV rights should deal with this as they have failed dismally this year.
I wonder who that would be?