Tickets unsold and rain due in Germany
20 July, 2010
Jul.20 (GMM) Hockenheim is expecting a race-day crowd of 65,000 for Sunday’s German grand prix.
In 2010, with F1 featuring six German drivers including the returning Michael Schumacher, the capacity of the track is 75,000.
Organiser Georg Seiler said in May that, if demand were to surge, temporary grandstands could be built to accommodate a further 45,000 spectators.
But he has admitted to SID news agency: “It looks like we will have 65,000 spectators, achieving a balanced result.”
62,000 spectators attended Hockenheim’s last F1 race in 2008.
Seiler’s ‘balanced result’ comment is a reference to the new contract with Bernie Ecclestone, in which Hockenheim no longer has to shoulder multi-million race losses.
There were a reported 120,000 spectators for a F1 street demonstration in Vettel’s hometown Heppenheim last weekend.
“For us, Sebastian Vettel is a blessing,” Seiler told Bild newspaper.
Rain could affect this weekend’s running of the German grand prix.
Although the preceding days at Hockenheim are expected to be very hot, severe weather – including heavy downpours – is predicted to be delivered by a cold front on Thursday and Friday.
Rain is also possible on Saturday, with only a low chance of scattered showers forecast for race-day Sunday.
Teams will be particularly hoping for a dry three hours of practice on Friday, given Bridgestone’s extreme allocation of the hardest and softest compounds for Hockenheim.
The tyre supplier’s Hirohide Hamashima confirmed that weather at the German venue will be crucial.
“If it is hot then the super-soft will be a challenge to manage for stability and durability. If it is cold then ensuring the hard is in its temperature operating window will be a tough task,” he said.