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Q: How to get Formula-1 tickets?!

So, the official tickets are sold out and Taobao is still on, BUT...

last year I heard from a friend that they usually just go to the race in Shanghai, because there are always some Chinese couples who leave early and sell their tickets outside. I was just wondering if anyone has exerience with that? Can use the tickets to enter 2 times?

7 years 22 weeks ago in  Sports - Shanghai

 
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Your gonna have to watch out for this type of thing especially in China. The people that sell you the tickets may sell you old tickets so it wouldn't allow you to get in. As far as people leaving early I'm sure they would but it wouldn't be as early as you would like it and you never know who the people with the real tickets may be. If you wanted Formula 1 tickets you should have went to their site first. If the tickets are sold out you have to wait a couple of days to see if any refunded or canceled tickets are available. 

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In most places now tickets bar codes are scanned so they cannot be reused. I could not imagine F1 doing anything different.

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I am also looking for tickets. Currently the chinese official site has not updated the info for 2013. But I found some on http://www.bookf1.com/f1-china/tickets.htm I don't know if that helps.

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I went to the Shanghai race this year without buying tickets beforehand. There are MANY scalpers selling tickets outside the race. As tickets are for 3 days, some people only go on Saturday qualifying and can't make the Sunday race for whatever reason. These people sell their tickets to scalpers to resell on. Before the race starts, you may need to do some serious bargaining to get the prices down to something reasonable but don't worry, there are tons available. After the race has begun, tickets are almost worthless. We picked up two tickets in the main grandstand near the first corner for 100 Kuai each about 15 minutes into the race!

 

Remember, with all these big events in China, most tickets get picked up by sponsors and various other companies get hold of them for their employees. Since the race involves leaving the house, many people can't be bothered to go or don't have time, etc. That explains why things are always sold out in China, yet the place is only half full on event day. People only feel inclined to attend an event if they have actually paid for a ticket. Many people here do not.

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