(Frederic Le Floc'h DPPI for Renault Sport F1)
Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has been blamed for the poor attendance at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim following the quadruple world champions negative comments earlier this season in relation to the sound of the new 1.6 litre V6 turbocharged power units. That is the claim of circuit adviser Katja Heim. Speaking to Reuters Heim commented:
'It certainly didn't really help that Sebastian in his frustration about the new Formula One and his car gave loads of interviews about how bad Formula One is now and that it's not worth going there, As a four-time world champion from Germany, people believe him more than they would the sales people. So if he says there's nothing any more for the fans, it's not Formula One like it used to be, that was 100% quite damaging.'
Germany's World Cup has also been seen as a reason as to why the attendance was down on previous seasons.
It was estimated that roughly 50,00 spectators were in attendance on race day which was a huge drop on previous seasons. It has been suggested that the sport needs to look at why the attendance was so poor.
© Ben Johnston 2014