Formula 1 | F1 drivers defend Silverstone’s pricing

The debate has raged around the Silverstone circuit recently, which complained about not having sold all its tickets just days before the festivities. Asked about this in a press conference, the F1 drivers gave their opinion, and George Russell thinks that the prices are justifiable, even if they are very high.

“I think our sport is in very good health. Silverstone is not supported by any government, unlike many other races. So I don’t know if Silverstone is profitable. I think Silverstone, as an event, is bigger than any other race on the calendar.”

“There are big name artists who perform on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. They have to be paid. They have to be funded. The atmosphere this weekend is more like a festival than a race. And if you compare the price of a ticket for a 90-minute football match to a four-day event, it would be interesting to see what happens.”

“But of course you never want it to be too expensive for fans to become spectators and support us. It’s a very difficult question, but as I said, I think Silverstone do an incredibly good job and they haven’t always been profitable in the past.”

Lando Norris believes that it is not up to the teams, but does indeed wonder for the English F1 fans: “There’s not much more to add. George said it very well. I think it’s impossible to include the teams in what Silverstone does as a circuit.”

“But it’s a shame because, as George said, it’s one of the best if not the best race of the whole season from a fan point of view and also from a driver point of view. So it’s a shame. But yeah, that’s the question for Formula 1 and for Silverstone as a circuit, not so much for the teams themselves.”

Hamilton questions GP funding

Lewis Hamilton agrees with his compatriots and welcomes the work of modernizing the circuit and the Grand Prix. He questions the relevance of financing the circuit in the current scheme: “I think what George and Lando said is accurate. At the end of the day, it’s an extraordinary sporting event.”

“I think Silverstone and the BRDC have done a remarkable job over the years to make the weekend a busy and entertaining one. Naturally, with the current situation in the world, prices continue to rise, and that’s obviously not something the fans want to see.”

“But Silverstone is not funded by the government and there may be a need to look at a new business plan, perhaps bringing in outside investors. I don’t know. It’s not my job, obviously. But yes, there’s not much to add to that.”

Pressed by his teammate Russell on the fact that he “could invest” In the British Formula 1 race, Hamilton was cautious: “It just became profitable, so it’s not the best investment for me.”



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