British GP tickets 2024: Hamilton and Russell react with F1 fans priced out of Silverstone

The Mercedes drivers have defended Silverstone by suggesting the British GP venue is one of the best on the calendar

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Mercedes duo George Russell and Lewis Hamilton have defended Silverstone from criticism over the cost of tickets for the British Grand Prix 2024, after it emerged fans are being priced out of attending the race.

In 2023, a record number of 480,000 people made the journey to the Northamptonshire circuit. However, it is expected that the 2024 race will fall short of the mark by several thousands due to the rising British GP ticket prices, with Silverstone‘s managing director Stuart Pringle attributing the decline to Red Bull’s dominance.

All three British drivers – Hamilton, Russell and McLaren’s Lando Norris – were quizzed on the topic of ticket prices this weekend. And Russell was particularly supportive of the race organisers ticket pricing, insisting it offers good value for money in comparison to other sports.

“I do feel that Silverstone as an event exceeds every other race on the calendar,” Russell told the press at Silverstone, including Total-Motorsport.com. “You’ve got A-list acts singing on Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights, they’ve got to be paid or funded for.

Mercedes' George Russell leads the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in the 2023 British GP | Jiri Krenek / Mercedes F1 Team
A record 480,000 fans attended the 2023 British GP | Jiri Krenek / Mercedes F1 Team

“The whole atmosphere of this weekend is more like a festival as opposed to one race, and if you compare the price of a ticket for a 90-minute football game versus a four-day event, it’d be interesting to see how it how it tallies up.

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

Hamilton: Silverstone should go private

A pass covering all four days at the British GP costs in excess of £400, which is far more expensive than other race venues in Europe including Austria, Hungary and Belgium. A ticket for Sunday’s race costs over £300 alone, making it the fifth-most expensive race for fans to attend.

Norris called the situation a “shame”, while Hamilton, who has consistently championed for keeping F1 tickets at an affordable price for fans from underprivileged backgrounds, floated the idea of Silverstone attracting private investment to keep costs down for race-going fans.

“I think what George and Lando said is accurate. Ultimately, it is an amazing sporting event. I think Silverstone and with the BRDC [British Racing Drivers’ Club], I think they’ve done an amazing job over the years to make the weekend packed and entertaining,” Hamilton said.

“Naturally, with where we are in the world, the price has continued to go up and that’s obviously not something that fans want to see. But Silverstone doesn’t have the government funding and perhaps they need to investigate a new business plan, maybe to have outside investors maybe, I don’t know. It’s not my job, obviously.”

His team-mate Russell then quipped: “You could invest if you’re looking at more business opportunities!”, which prompted laughter from Hamilton and members of the media. But with fans set to stay away, it may not be a laughing matter come Sunday with soaring prices for British GP tickets.

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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