- Title: GERMANY: FANS GATHER AT HOCKENHEIM FOR GERMAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
- Date: 24th July 2004
- Summary: HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY (JULY 24, 2004) 1. FORMULA 1 FANS ARRIVING AT HOCKENHEIMRING RACE TRACK 2. FANS WALKING PAST, DRINKING BEER 3. FANS TAKING PICTURES OF FORMULA-1 CAR ON DISPLAY 4. FANS STANDING AROUND CAR ON DISPLAY 5. CAR ON DISPLAY 6. FANS TAKING PICTURES OF CAR 7. LITTLE BOY ON MAN'S SHOULDERS 8. AUSTRIAN FORMULA-1 FANS SINGING SELF-CREATED ANTI-MICHAEL SCHUMACHER SONG, HOLDING BEER CANS AND AUSTRIAN FLAG 9. FANS HAVING TICKETS CHECKED 10. (SOUNDBITE) (German) HUGO BADER, AUSTRIAN FORMULA 1 FAN SAYING: "We love it and we have a lot of fun. Once in a while there is even an Austrian driver. (sings) Everybody is allowed to win except Schumi" (Michael Schumacher). 11. WIDE OF YOUNG FANS WITH FERRARI MODEL CARS AS HATS 12. (SOUNDBITE) (German) TOBIAS NAUMANN, YOUNG MICHAEL SCHUMACHER FAN SAYING: "It's fantastic here, the mood, party everywhere -- and on top it's Formula 1! (QUESTION: Who is your favourite?) Michael Schumacher, of course! Who else?" 13. FANS STANDING AT FERRARI FAN SHOP COUNTER 14. FERRARI FLAGS FLYING IN CAMPGROUND OUTSIDE RACE TRACK 15. FERRARI FANS SEATED AROUND TABLE IN CAMP 16. FAN ASLEEP IN GRASS 17. WIDE OF SLEEPING FANS WITH GERMAN FLAGS FLYING Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA3FCU5MV4312LVFAOJMKDOT2AH
- Story Text: Fans gather for German Grand Prix qualifying.
Fewer Formula One fans than in previous years have
descended on the Hockenheimring to see Ferrari's Michael
Schumacher in the German Grand Prix on Sunday (July 25).
High prices and Schumacher's overwhelming domination
are to blame for hundreds of tickets still being available.
But organisers remained relatively optimistic, saying
ticket sales have been picking up.
It is unlikely, however, that the 120,000 seats in the
huge Motordrome will be filled for Sunday's race and
would be pleased if they could match last year's figure of
The other German event on the calendar, the European
Grand Prix at Nuerburgring, experienced similar
difficulties last May, when only 106,000 fans witnessed
Schumacher's triumph, while the venue could have held
With no tickets available for less than 125 euros and a
good seat costing 370 euros, the fans think twice before
going to a race which Schumacher is widely expected to win.
The six-times world champion has claimed 10 of the 11
races held so far this season and needs just one more win
to equal his record of 11 in one season set in 2002.
Schumacher's Ferrari team could also secure the
constructors title on Sunday, providing they score 13 more
points than their nearest rivals, Renault.
Even if a few seats are be empty, thousands of
supporters, many sporting Ferrari red outfits, will brave
stifling heat to watch the race.
"We love it and we have a lot of fun", said Hugo Bader
Last year 250,000 fans visited over the three days of action,
owing 8,000 litres of beer and gobbling up
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