Small crowd expected at Indian GP for Vettel crowning

Sebastian Vettel at the 2012 Indian GP

Sebastian Vettel at the 2012 Indian GP

Sebastian Vettel looks set to celebrate his fourth consecutive Formula 1 World Championship title win next weekend in front of a sparse Indian crowd.

Race organisers Jaypee, who will not host a Grand Prix in 2014, have admitted that only 20 000 tickets have been sold so far for this year’s edition, where Vettel only needs a fifth place to wrap up his latest title.

“The excitement surrounding the event is less compared to past editions but we are confident of having the turnout of 2012,” said Jaypee chief Sameer Gaur.

“The latest number I have is that 20 000 tickets have been sold,” he admitted, adding that he expects sales to pick up considerably in coming days.

Vettel and Red Bull might be forgiven for being disappointed they did not wrap up the title last weekend in Japan, where a huge and passionate crowd always gathers.

“How disappointed are we with a one-two finish in one of the best races strategically ever for this operation?” exasperated team boss Christian Horner said at Suzuka.

“We’ll go to India and take that weekend as we have here and if we score more points than the others then we’ll win the championship,” he added.

Mere days after India, Formula 1 will head to Abu Dhabi for the spectacular and hugely popular twilight race.

In total contrast to India, organisers of the Yas Marina event are expecting a sellout as usual, with less than 2500 tickets still available.

“We’re expecting more fans than ever before,” said circuit boss Richard Cregan. (GMM)

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  • Rick

    Nobody is going because the race is boring! Simple as that.

  • fapper

    @Rick: I agree with that.

  • Virender

    I’ll be there so that I can at least hear these V8’s one last time before they switch OR because it probably will be the last grand Prix on Indian Soil. Boring Track & Boring results expected here.

  • Mercedes supporter forever


    It’s not the last Grand Prix on Indian soil… They are just not hosting the race for 1 year… They will return in 2015..

  • Stoner

    @ Mercedes supporter forever
    there is no guarantee that they will return here in India in 2015.
    I don’t think it would return.
    I had similar plans, to hear the V8 for one last time and support Kimi.
    They should have built a circuit down South were 80% of Indian motorsports happens.

  • Virender

    @Mercedes supporter forever – Looking at the number of tickets I don’t think So

    @Stoner Probably, But Indian Government is equally responsible for the same same as well, Loosing out Global sports as F1 is big blow (Anyways Bernie got two reason now to decline 2015 as well)

  • Rick

    @fapper! LMAO! Best name ever =)

  • Stoner

    And for the most dumbest part ‘The Indian government does not recognize motorSPORTS as a sport’