Vettel's success discouraging F1 fans

By Alan Moore, 6 May 2013
© AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

It seems that winning three successive world titles and being the leader of this season’s championship so far doesn’t necessarily provide fans an incentive to watch the prodigious German in action.

The 25-year-old driver, who has registered his dominant success with Red Bull, seems to be the main reason ticket sales are dwindling for the British Grand Prix, scheduled to be held in June later this year.

Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips reckons that unless either Jenson Button or Lewis Hamilton, the two home grown talents of Britain, garner success in Spain this coming weekend, the trend is likely to stay.

With ticket sales dropping by ten percent already over last season’s edition, it suggests that nearly 30,000 people over the race weekend won’t be turning up this year due to Vettel’s predictable strong performances.

"If you look at the cycle on selling tickets... on the Monday after a Grand Prix Sunday you tend to see a spike. The weekend we had Lewis on the podium there was a spike and when you see Vettel there is less of a spike," Phillips told Reuters referring to demand for tickets for the British GP.

"I think the needle-movers (for sales) are going to be basically 'not Vettel'

"When we know that Lewis and Jenson are coming into the Grand Prix off the back of a couple of wins, we see a massive spike in our sales," he pointed out.

Moreover, Vettel’s popularity has taken a massive dip as most fans remain enraged after he defied team orders and stole a win from teammate Mark Webber at the Malaysian Grand Prix, in what was the second race of the season.


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