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Empty Seats at the Abu Dhabi and Indian Grands Prix

What if you built it, but nobody came?  That is the situation facing the organizers of Formula One's Indian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.   Held on back-to-back weekends, October 27 and November 3, these two relative newcomers to the schedule are having trouble living up to expectations in a sport that regularly draws 100,000 (or more) fans on race weekends in Europe, Canada, Brazil and even the United States, where F1 is, at best, a niche sport. Wide swaths of empty seats over the previous two grands prix have highlighted the challenges with trying to start new races in countries with no Formula One history.  They have also illustrated the folly of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new circuits.  In fact, the pri...

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