Many F1 fans have found themselves without tickets for upcoming Grands Prix, including the British GP at Silverstone, despite paying for them, due to the apparent closure of a business called Simply The Ticket.
Fans, many of whom are travelling to Valencia this week for the European GP, became alarmed when tickets did not arrive and have been trying to get information over the weekend. The company’s website and Twitter account were inactive at the start of the week, but on Tuesday the following message appeared:
“Dear British Grand Prix Customers,
Your tickets will be despatched during the week commencing 25th of June 2012. As per our terms and conditions, tickets are usually despatched between 1 to 4 weeks before each grand prix.
Simply The Ticket”
“I booked British F1 tickets through simplytheticket and not received anything. We’ve resorted to booking weekend passes,” tweeted one fan, Louise Smith. While another, Daffyd Owain Davies in desperation tweeted Fernando Alonso to see if he could help, “can you re-tweet, #simplytheticket website has taken money from people and not delivered European grand prix tickets.”
Fans are finding that availability for replacement tickets for Valencia is quite difficult, as organisers appear to have cut seat capacity in the face of the financial crisis in Spain.
One JA on F1 reader, Ben Miller, wrote in today,
“I am taking my girlfriend to Valencia this weekend for the F1 but we haven’t received the tickets. Simplytheticket.com were not contactable last week and over the weekend the website was taken down and tweets suggest it has gone bust.
“I am not flavour of the month because its her first GP, and worse still her friends another couple, copied us in purchasing tickets from the same site.
“I have booked tickets through websites all across Europe and never had any problems, but its my fault for not going to the official site. I will have to take it on the chin and learn by my mistake, if I can buy replacements when I’m over there I will be relieved.”
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