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GP Week : Issue 49
> F1NEWS> Webber calls for free F1 tickets MARK Webber has called for Formula 1 to introduce a scheme of providing free tickets to race fans in order to boost attendance at the sport’s more poorly filled events. With race attendance at the Turkish Grand Prix at woefully low levels, the Australian was left disappointed that the atmosphere was not what it could and should have been. “I think that there were a lot of people that tried to come in today but obviously it’s not that cheap and things like that but we should have let them in for free at the end,”he said after the race. “It would have been nice for the show to let people in. I’m sure there’s a lot of people that would want to come to the Turkish Grand Prix but can’t afford to because it’s very expensive. Jenson and I spoke about this on the parade lap that on the day maybe we should have made an announcement yesterday or even this morning to get some more people in here to let them experience our sport and that’s a shame that it didn’t happen today.” The Turkish Grand Prix organisers went to great expense to cover a number of grandstands in green material in 2009 GP2: Petrov praises Addax teamwork VITALY Petrov has heaped praise on his Addax GP2 team after the Russian recorded his best weekend of the 2009 championship so far, taking his first win and another podium to leave Istanbul in the lead of the championship. Petrov told GPWeek that improved preparation on the part of the team before every race had increased his confidence in the car, as perfectly demonstrated by his peerless win in the feature race in Turkey. “First of all I’m quite comfortable with my team and with my engineers, and we do a lot of work every race,”he told GPWeek. “We prepare a lot now. I live in Valencia and the engineers come to my house, I have a simulator at home and we analyse, check things, speaking about the race and then we fly together to the races, speaking again about the weekends. So we prepare a lot and in the races so far I’ve been quicker than [Romain] Grosjean, but sometimes with bad luck. When we analysed the data after qualifying here I should have been on pole because the sectors put me 0.2s ahead of even [Nico] Hulkenberg. So now we are in a good spot to win the championship.” Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... 13 in order to try and hide them from the television cameras, as ticket sales had been extremely low. It is a similar tactic to that taken by the organisers of the Grand Prix of China, which also suffers from low crowd figures.