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The Bahrain Grand Prix will be held without an audience

Lovro Andraka

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The spread of coronavirus is affecting more and more global events, and Formula 1 races are no exception. So far, the only "victim" has been postponed China Grand Prix, and it has now been confirmed that the Bahrain Grand Prix will be able to be watched exclusively through small screens.

Race organizers suspended ticket sales a few days ago, and today they confirmed that spectators will not have access to the stands at the second race of the season, which takes place in two weeks, on March 22nd.

“After consulting with our international associates and the Kingdom’s National Health Working Group, Bahrain has decided to hold this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix as an event for competitors only,” the organizers said in an official statement.

“As the host country of F1, caring for the well-being of fans and race visitors is a huge responsibility for us. Given the continued global expansion of COVID-19, holding a major sporting event that is open to the public and allows thousands of foreign travelers and domestic fans to interact at close range at this time would not be the right thing to do. ”

"But to ensure that neither the sport nor the global fan base is unjustifiably affected, the racing weekend will be held as a television event."

In addition to the F1 race, the first races of the new Formula 2 season are being run in Bahrain.

While the F1 has done relatively well so far due to the spread of coronavirus and increased travel restrictions, other categories have not been so lucky - for example, MotoGP has already had to cancel the first two races in Qatar and Thailand, and their third race in Austin is under question.

Additional problems could be created by the drastic measures introduced in Italy, the European country that has gone through the worst in this situation. They have decided to completely close the Lombardy region and 14 other provinces by April 3, and F1 could be affected by the fact that among the closed provinces of Modena - the headquarters of Ferrari. The trip will reportedly still be allowed to those with more serious business reasons, but it is not yet known whether F1 is one of them.

Ross Brawn was clear about holding F1 races in case a team could not attend the weekend due to restrictions:

“If a team is prevented from entering the country, we can’t have a race. In any case, don't race a Formula 1 World Championship because that wouldn't be fair. "

"Clearly, if the team decides not to go to the race on their own, it is their decision. However, if a team is prevented from going to the race due to a state decision, then it is difficult to have a fair competition. ”

The Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the season scheduled for a week, should take place as planned.

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18 comments

  1. Kimi Raikkonen tmajnari Show

    Hamilton: “We have the best fans here…”



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  2. Sebastian Vettel 5 Crash Donator Show

    Expected and reasonable decision ..
    My monitoring of the race is absolutely not affected by the number of spectators along the track.



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  3. Mclaren kimi-f1 Show

    How will the director now show the reaction of people in the middle of a duel on the track?



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    • Lance Stroll 18 Hamiltoncheater Show

      is it ever shown?



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      • Fernando Alonso 14 Marci Show

        @Hamiltoncheater last year we mostly watched fans… there seem to be those who are not…



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      • Mclaren AlkY Donator Show

        Mid-range fans know what this is all about. Especially McLaren and Sainz fans.
        And colleague @Hamiltoncheater has little sympathy for Sainz, so it probably wasn't hard for him



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      • Michael Schumacher Boris_CRO Show

        EVER ??? ha ha ha ha ha ha… ..my tear flowed. Sulfur is sour and sweet to him, so these losers from the director, instead of showing a fight on the track, every 1.6 seconds they show someone in the audience or celebrities having bags even though they don't know what they are watching. The only thing that annoys me more than that during the broadcast is the number of commercials on Arenisport. I hereby apologize to the mothers of all those responsible at Arenisport, whom I have cursed a million times. (Blažičko apologizes, but there is no chance that this number of commercials will not miss at least 50% of important moments in the race. If football can be saved from commercials, Formula 1 can also be missed)



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  4. Brawn Gp F1 Zagorec Show

    We (Croats) have been used to empty stands for years (either live or on TV). This is no shock to us …… unfortunately.



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    • Michael Schumacher Boris_CRO Show

      Sport should be a joy, and with us sport is just a reminder that we live in a corrupt state where thieves reign supreme. Of course, the motivation for the future is lost. When Medveščak had a nice story, he had no problems with viewers.



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  5. Lance Stroll 18 Hamiltoncheater Show

    “If a team is prevented from entering the country, we can’t have a race. ”Lost in translation ..
    By the way, I rarely read articles on this portal because they are very bad and superficial, but this caught my eye. And that's not the only mistake in this bad text :)



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  6. Better a poor horse than no horse at all.



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