Jenson Button believes the economy and current style of racing could be to blame for the reduced ticket sales ahead of next weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The British race is the home race for many teams and four driver's with Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Paul di Resta and Max Chilton all set to take part.

However, tickets for the 2013 race have not been selling as fast with Silverstone often producing a rare capacity crowd for a Formula 1 event. Bosses have admitted this year sales "aren't that strong" compared to previous years. 

Some are pointing to an increase in ticket prices, indeed the Silverstone race is one of the most expensive for spectators and Button believes that is the biggest cause for the drop in sales.

"To sell out here would be very impressive but are there that many people who can afford to come?" he is quoted by the Guardian newspaper.

"I don't think people are walking away from the sport. If you look at every sporting event, it is not as strong as maybe it was last year. That is just the way the world is at the moment." 

Another major factor could be the different style of racing this year thanks to the fragile Pirelli tyres, Button too believes this could be a reason.

"I agree that some of the racing hasn't been action-packed," he said.

"It has been a lot more 'After you, sir, because I am looking after my tyres'. But there have been good races," he insisted.

Another potential reason is the prospect of a re-occurrence from 2012 when heavy rain turned car parks into mudbaths and ticket holders had to be turned away from qualifying to ensure car parks were in good enough condition for the increased crowds on Sunday.

Finally home favourites McLaren are enduring a difficult year and with the lack of hope surrounding a home win many are being tempted to stay home and watch on TV.


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