Formula 1 has been able to run all races so far behind closed doors and the goal had been to see to it that if there is no vaccine found yet, then the rest of the season too could be behind closed doors but Russian Grand Prix organizers look like they want to have some fans at their event.
F1 has also been very intentional about trying to get fans back into the races with September being looked at as a potential time to have some fans in with races in Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello.
The Russian Grand Prix which is set to happen on the 27th of September looks like it will be the first race to have fans as its actively involved in the sale of tickets with hopes of up to 30,000 fans expected to grace Sochi which is about 50% of the normal crowd capacity.
Alexey Titov, the Executive Director of Russian Grand Prix promoter Rosgonki says that they haven’t been involved in ticket sales for a while “For three months we have not been engaged in ticket sales at all”
“Now they are slowly resuming, taking into account the government’s announcement that the race will take place, and with our recent announcement of the entertainment program,”
“It is probably premature to talk about the current number of sold tickets. But the picture is more clear about general restrictions due to coronavirus situation.
“At the moment, we’re discussing the figure of 50% of the total capacity of the Olympic Park – that is, our stands and the Olympic Park as a whole.
“This will mean that the maximum number of fans will be no more than 30,000 to 32,000.”
Considering that Formula 1 has been strict with all COVID19 protocols which has seen drivers and teams not allowed to associate with members from other teams and that everyone remains in their paddock, organizers of Sochi have reiterated that all these measures will be adhered to and the usual autograph signing will not happen with also not pit walks allowed.
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