F1 » First-ever Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix a sell-out

Official: Around 50,000 tickets have been told for the inaugural F1 Etihard Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship.

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Cosher-B - Unregistered

October 25, 2009 3:42 PM

This is what frustrates me as a British F1 fan .... we could easily get 120,000 into Silverstone on race day, yet we persist in racing in sterile new venues like this .... I'm sure Abu Dhabi is amazing and will put on a great show, but how many more circuits do we have to visit that get sub 50,000 attendances? Turkey spring to mind again? I can't help thinking that BE in his rush to make money has completely forgotten about the real F1 fans.

Munro Gow

October 25, 2009 5:43 PM

Ok it has to be remembered that the UAE is slighlty smaller than Scotland in size and population, so the capacity would have been designed with that in mind. Also Sunday in the UAE is the first working day of the week, unlike Europe, the Far-East and South America so to have a larger capacity would be foolish as it would more than likely lead to empty spaces. I can understand peoples frustration but dont blame Abu Dhabi for being able to afford a GP, go and blame Bernie for his greed. Britain, Germany, Monaco, Monza, Spa and a N.American race should always be on the calender but as for the rest, well its who can afford it in Bernies eyes, regardless of attendances

Yirmin Snipe - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 3:24 PM

One has to wonder, will the seats really be filled or is this just another China Olympics where seats are only sold on paper and people in seats are only there because they are required to show up to give the impression that the country cares about the sport.

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