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Abu Dhabi F1 tickets 'most expensive' - report

Cheapest race day ticket costs $512 compared to global F1 average of $143, says BBC

Abu Dhabi F1 tickets 'most expensive' - report
Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Lotus celebrates on the podium after winning the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 4, 2012. (Getty Images)

Race day tickets in Abu Dhabi are the most expensive in the Formula 1 calendar, according to research published by the BBC.

Ahead of the start of the 2013 season on Sunday, it published a list showing the cheapest available race ticket for Abu Dhabi cost £339 ($512) compared to an average of just £95.

Using 2012 ticket prices as a guide due to 2013 prices not yet being available, the list showed that Abu Dhabi was more than £100 dearer than the next most expensive ticket - £229 for the Brazil Grand Prix.

The cheapest race day ticket for Bahrain this year, which will take place next month, is £68, making it the 13th most expensive out of 19 races.

The cheapest race day ticket is available in Malaysia and is priced at just £13, the list showed, £11 cheaper than tickets in India.

However, the list also showed that Abu Dhabi's race tickets were all priced at £339 while ticket prices at other venues varied enormously.

For example, Malaysian F1 fans can pay from £13 to £367 while Chinese race enthusiasts are charged between £45 and $390 for race day tickets.

According to the list, Abu Dhabi also had the highest cost for the cheapest three-day ticket - which includes entrance for practice and qualifying - at $376.

However its most expensive three-day package costing £471 didn't come close to Singapore where luxury packages can cost up to £1,109.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone had the third most expensive race day tickets, costing £145.

Last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which was won by Kimi Raikkonen, was sold out for the fourth consecutive year.

The Yas Marina track, which first held the race in 2009, is part of a $40bn development of the emirate's Yas Island, which also includes a Ferrari World theme park.

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