David Daroczi, a Hungarian government spokesperson, has said that this year s Hungarian Grand Prix drew the largest ever crowds for the sporting event. Attendance has historically been good at the circuit, in part thanks to many Finnish fans who have semi-adopted the circuit as a home track. However this season also saw a big influx of Polish supporters, there to see Robert Kubica, and this has cumulated in 2008 crowds of around 10 to 15 percent larger than previous figures.
The race is said to bring the region over $16 million in revenues each year. This season, Ecclestone and the Hungarian sports minister signed a new contract which will see the Hungarian Grand Prix remain on the F1 calendar until 2016. Local news reports believe that the race promoters will be paying around $17.25 million a year.