British Grand Prix Attendance Could Be Down As Fans Balk At High Ticket Prices
Attendance at this month’s British Grand Prix "is expected to be significantly down" as F1 fans "rebel against ever-increasing ticket prices," according to Christian Sylt of the London INDEPENDENT. The cheapest tickets for next Sunday’s race at Silverstone start at £145 ($227) -- "among the highest of any Grand Prix." This appears "to have priced out many F1 enthusiasts as the downturn bites." A course spokesperson said sales “aren’t that strong.” Public interest "has also been hit by the lack of British success as neither Jenson Button nor Lewis Hamilton has won a race this year." At close of business, Silverstone’s website showed that 22 ticket categories "are still available while only 11 are sold out." A Silverstone spkesperson admitted that sales "started slowly." However, they have "picked up significantly in the last six to eight weeks" (INDEPENDENT, 6/18).