Huge disappointment in race day attendances failed to stop Indian Grand Prix, but organizers expecting more fans will attend in the coming years.
The most significant element of the sport, as 65,000 of them turned up for Sunday’s race down from inaugural year’s 95,000.
Formula One commercial right holder Bernie Ecclestone was not worried.
“First races are always high and the second year goes down. If the third year isn’t going up, then it’s something to worry about,” Ecclestone told reporters.
“We have a competitor here. What’s the name of that game? Cricket. That’s it,” F1 boss added.
Indian motorsports federation chief Vicky Chandhok (Father of Karun Chandhok) say again the same three-year series and predicted a bigger turnout in 2013 season.
“Formula One is like this only. This is the trend everywhere. From third race onwards, you’d see some kind of stability. Overall, it has been a huge improvement from last year,” Vicky Chandhok told reporters.
Force India Team Principal Vijay Mallya credited the moderate turnout to logistic issues and affordability in the land of glaring social inequality.
“Last year clearly was a novelty, first ever Formula One in India etc,” Mallya told Reuters.
“It is quite a drive from Delhi and people’s apprehensions are also about parking. If you don’t have a car pass, you could be a long way from the entrance gates.
“The traffic also is a consideration…the third is hotels. If you look around here, there are many new hotels of a very high standard but (need) more for middle class and upper middle class people. For an average person, it’s pretty expensive,” he said.
“I think that some more marketing and some more road shows will bring more of an audience in here,” he said.