Max Verstappen snaps back as British GP chiefs turn on Red Bull

The Red Bull driver spoke out in response to comments made by Silverstone chief regarding the lack of tickets sold

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Max Verstappen has hit back at suggestions that Red Bull are to blame for lower ticket sales ahead of the Formula 1 2024 British GP.

Verstappen won 19 of 22 races alone to clinch his third world title in the 2023 season, while Red Bull were successful in every race apart from Singapore, where Carlos Sainz ended their long string of victories.

Verstappen was informed of comments made by Silverstone‘s managing director Stuart Pringle, who cited Red Bull’s domination of the sport in recent years as a reason for projected falling attendance figures, with tickets still available less than two weeks before the British GP.

“Last year was very repetitive in terms of one team dominated and they set off this season in the same vein,” Pringle told Motorsport.com.

“Things may be changing now, and I do recognise that we had several years of a British driver dominating the championship, and we didn’t mind that so much as a British promoter. But it’s certainly been a lot harder with Red Bull dominating.”

Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Red Bull’s Verstappen has won six out of nine races in 2024. | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

But the Dutchman snapped back at the race organisers, insisting that they have to look themselves rather than singling out individual teams over their failure to do their job.

“I don’t think it’s my fault. The season is very exciting, there are a lot of teams fighting for wins now,” Verstappen told the press in Barcelona, including Total-Motorsport.com. “If a promoter can’t fill the seats and they blame it on someone, then I think they first have to look at themselves.”

British GP ticket concerns

It represents an unfamiliar issue for British GP organisers, with tickets for the 2022 race selling out in record time, while last year it enjoyed a record attendance of 480,000. But concerns over fans being priced out could mean there are empty seats at the iconic Northamptonshire venue in 2024.

According to F1 Destinations, an average three-day weekend ticket at Silverstone costs £438. That puts Silverstone as the sixth-most expensive race ticket out of the 24 race venues, with only Austin, Monaco, Mexico, Miami and Las Vegas priced higher in 2024.

General admission tickets start from £349 – up from £319 in 2023 – which is considered to be excessive by F1 fans at a time where the cost of living remains high. It could see Silverstone fall short of a sellout crowd with initial estimations claiming there could be 10,000 to 15,000 fewer spectators than 2023. Despite this, Pringle has defended their price increases and claimed they are facing “expensive bills” to pay.

“As a promoter, you have to get your ticket pricing strategy correct. You could make these things go quicker if you reduce price,” Pringle added. “But we have got expensive bills to pay, not less the promoter fee, so it’s about hitting a strategy and making sure it works, which we’re pretty comfortable with.”

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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