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Alonso factor draws huge home support 14 May 2007

Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 13 May 2007

The popularity of Formula One racing in Spain - and in particular world champion Fernando Alonso - generated massive crowds at the Circuit de Catalunya over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

Thursday saw 28,000 fans visit the Barcelona venue to enjoy the pre-race festivities, while Friday - the first day of Formula One practice - attracted 67,000 spectators. A further 119,000 were present to see Alonso clinch a front-row grid slot on Saturday and on Sunday attendance rose to 140,700 for the race.

The total figure for the Grand Prix was thus 354,700 over the four days - higher than for the 2006 race.