Bahrain’s F1 Grand Prix will have no fans, take place behind closed doors
The Bahrain International Circuit has confirmed that the Formula One is going ahead on March 22nd, but will take place ‘behind closed doors’.
The circuit said it was putting measures in place to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
It confirmed the news via statement and said, "In consultation with our international partners and the Kingdom’s national health Taskforce, Bahrain has made the decision to hold this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix as a participants-only event.”
"As an F1 host nation, balancing the welfare of supporters and race goers is a tremendous responsibility. Given the continued spread of Covid-19 globally, convening a major sporting event, which is open to the public and allows thousands of international travellers and local fans to interact in close proximity would not be the right thing to do at the present time.”
“But to ensure that neither the sport, nor its global supporter base, is unduly impacted, the race weekend itself will still go ahead as a televised event."
"Bahrain’s own early actions to prevent, identify and isolate cases of individuals with Covid-19 has been extremely successful to date. The approach has involved rapid, proactive measures, identifying those affected by the virus, of which the overwhelming majority of cases relate to those travelling into the country by air.”
“Aggressive social distancing measures have further increased the effectiveness of preventing the virus’ spread, something that would clearly be near impossible to maintain were the race to have proceeded as originally planned.”
The International Circuit said that it expects some fans to be disappointed, but that safety was its number 1 priority.
Last week ticket sales were suspended for the event.