Liberty Media, the owners of Formula One have said that they want to make the sport more fan friendly and give greater access to the fans.
At Paddock Eye we did some research and to attend this years British Grand Prix at Silverstone a three day General Admission ticket will set you back £199, that is just to get into the circuit and it doesn’t give you garage access or pit-lane access.
A Saturday General Admission ticket for the British Grand Prix for qualifying and practice will set you back £100 and a Sunday General Admission ticket for the race will cost you £175.
I recently attended the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and I was able to purchase a grandstand ticket for the race for $109/£81.48. On the Saturday which is known as Legends Day at the Speedway, I paid $10/£7.47 which gave me access to the Verizon IndyCar Series garage area.
If you want access to the garage and paddock area in Formula One you have to have extremely deep pockets.
So if Liberty Media, an American company want to make Formula One more fan friendly they should take a leaf out of the Verizon IndyCar Series book who are in this reporters opinion leading the way when it comes to fan interaction, granting access and pricing.
On the morning of the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil I along with other fans was granted access to the main straightaway.