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2021 Portuguese, Spanish Grands Prix expected to be held with fans

Some fans were allowed at the season-opener at Bahrain last weekend. Credits: Haas F1 Team

The 2021 Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix is expected to become the first European GP this year that is open to fans, and the same applies for the Spanish GP.

After 4500 fans were at the track for Formula 1’s 2021 season-opener at Bahrain, under the condition that they are vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from it, fans could also attend some European Grand Prix’ in the future. But as the race at Imola will be held with closed doors, the fans could the earliest return to Europe at Portugal, which is likely going to happen as well.

As one of few Grand Prix’s last year, the circuit in the Algarve region had fans at the track and plans to have them in 2021 too. Conditions for attendees are a negative test to the Coronavirus, which is arranged by testing at the event on May 2nd. The organizers of the race plan to arrange rapid tests at the circuit as well as asking for personal information from the attendees for testing purposes.

The Grand Prix after the race in Portugal in Spain is also planned to be hosted with fans in the grandstands. The organizers hope for confirmation from the country’s government that fans are allowed to visit the event. Other tracks, such as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend, have already confirmed that the race at their place will remain closed for fans.

Though the promoters of the Bahrain Grand Prix were happy about the attendees at the season-opener. The chief executive of the Bahrain International Circuit, Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalif said, that “the numbers that [he] saw was, I think, about 4,500. Obviously, the main grandstand is 10,000, with the distancing and all that it’s about half of that. So it was a good number for us.”

So the hope stays for Formula 1 fans that they can attend a Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2021 also in Europe.

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