Poor German GP attendance “not satisfying” – Wolff

2014 German Grand Prix

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Hockenheimring, 2014Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff says Formula One should look into the low spectator attendance for this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

Hockenheim’s large grandstands, which were expanded in 2002 to accommodate more spectators, were sparsely populated on the first day of running at the track. It comes after F1 enjoyed a string of well-attended races in Britain, Austria and Canada.

“It’s not satisfying,” Wolff admitted. “If you compare Hockenheim Friday to Friday in Silverstone and Friday in Austria it’s a different world, and we have to understand why they is.”

“I’m not sure whether we have the exact number [of spectators] for Sunday already, there are lots of people probably deciding short notice depending on the weekend. Then we have to analyse the phenomenon.

“If the weekend continues like it does now we can think about it.”

German competitors have enjoyed great success in Formula One in recent years. Sebastian Vettel won the world championship for the last four years in a row, Nico Rosberg is leading the drivers’ championship and Mercedes are comfortably ahead in the constructors’ championship.

Wolff added the team “must tackle” the reliability problems which have caused two retirements for the team in the last three races.

“We are looking very solid in terms of pace,” he said. “The car is quick and the car was very reliable at the beginning of the season, if you look besides Melbourne.”

“Since then we have had a couple of issues which we must get on top of. We are working very hard and trying to understand how to improve reliability, mechanical reliability is one of our most important objects obviously because in order to win you need to finish.”

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47 comments on Poor German GP attendance “not satisfying” – Wolff

  1. Rod lee said on 19th July 2014, 5:21

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    Calm down Toto…..we’re here…and the grandstands sit on concrete….so it was like a sauna all day. We were at Silverstone and we sit at Luffield Terrace every year, and it’s never been as hot as this….god help us today!!

  2. Dear folks

    As German I can explain easily to you, why we hate F1 now.

    Rubbish cars, rubbish corps, rubbish rules, rubbish penalties, rubbish German drivers, a scandalous Mercedes team, rubbish ticket fares . . .

    I used to visit the Hockenheim Grand Prix regularly, I knew since Melbourne, I wouldn’t ever again!

    F1 is dead, R.I.P. !

    P.S. No, DTM has not become more popular, they have even more rubbish rules, e.g. hard compound drivers get blue flagged in order to let pass the drivers on soft compounds although they are within the same lap!, but they have indeed the better cars nowadays!

  3. Gareth said on 19th July 2014, 10:38

    I know when we went in 2012, we did the pit walk on Thursday and then completely skipped Friday and went to the Sinsheim Museum instead.

    In 2005 there were 110,000 spectators on the Sunday, 78,000 in 2008 and 65,000 in 2010. In 2012, there 38,000 spectators attended on Friday, 50,000 for qualifying and 62,000 on Sunday. It will be interesting to see the numbers for this year on Saturday/Sunday and if they are anywhere close to 2012.

    Can’t imagine the local government are happy to pay for F1 with those declining numbers, so maybe the rumours will turn out to be true.

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