F1 » Webber laments Turkish GP ticket prices and small crowds

Red Bull Racing star Mark Webber has re-iterated his fear that crowd numbers for the upcoming Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul will continue to be low for as long as locals are priced out of attending the event

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Andy Smith

May 04, 2011 11:10 AM

I do think advertising does have alot to do with it as well as the high ticket prices. In 2005 and 2006 when motogp was there they had one sign outside the circuit which was troy corser on a wsb lol.


May 04, 2011 12:00 PM

There was a lot of pormotion in 2005, and attendance was really high. It had something to do with it being the first ever gp to be held in Turkey too.

As a local, I think if the ticket prices were %20 - 25 lower and with good promotion the event could easily attract 70.000 + spectators. That said, maybe the promoters (and Bernie) don't want to sell seats for an F1 event for too low a price, hurting attendance.

Just my two cents.

Calvin _

May 04, 2011 12:27 PM

This is why F1 funding is so crazy. The circuit pay 26 mio to host a race. That money goes to BE and CVC. The track then have to try to sell tickets to recoup their outlay. They look at attendance and try to get as much per ticket as possible, which prices so many people out of going, so their revenue drops. Meanwhile BE and CVC are sitting pretty.

UpYours - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 1:44 PM

Just what do people expect when the whole point of F1 is to line the pockets of that greedy little poison dwarf. Who in their right minds would pay 2 weeks salary just so that the greedy little imp could get fatter and fatter on the profits. It is not suprising that the local authorities are not prepared to spend money on promotion when there are no real potential contributors to the BE coffers. Lower the prices and encourage advertising by using the Bernie monies to promote the event then we might see crowds commenserate with the circuit quality populating the stands.

Dario - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 2:28 PM

Great, another one of the few remaining interesting tracks threatened by greed. If you have 5 years left to live, would you still be after money as much as Bernie and his co-whores are? (yes, I know the proper spelling)

Tickets for Spa in 2007 were like $750US. Pfft. I get a chance to be herded into an assigned seat, and get no access to anything interesting, like the garages? Where do I NOT sign up? I'll just watch it on my TV, having downloaded it with all the commercials cut out. Sorry Brits. I'm watching BBC coverage which you paid for in fees :(

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