Todt expects full attendance for Austrian, British Grand Prix

ROME, ITALY – APRIL 11: Jean Todt seen before the ABB FIA Formula E Championship – Rome E-Prix Round 4 on April 11, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Emmanuele Ciancaglini/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The FIA president Jean Todt expects the British Grand Prix to host fans at its full capacity, saying other Formula 1 races might have the possibility to do so starting from July.

The Coronavirus pandemic made an impact on fan attendance at sports events, and Formula 1 was no exception. The 2020 season saw little to no fans in the grandstands, while in 2021 things are getting back to normality.

The French Grand Prix will host 15 thousand fans, and Todt praised the work and cooperation the championship has made to have people back at the races.

“I usually say that it’s a difficult time but you see the strength together,” he said. “I think it has been a result of [cooperation] since we restarted the championship last July, almost one year ago, in Austria.

“2020 was a [17] race calendar, very creative. 2021 will hopefully be a 23-race calendar, again, very creative.

“This week we should not have been here [in France],” Todt said. The weekend at Paul Ricard was moved a week forward to allocate the Styrian Grand Prix, a replacement for the canceled Turkish Grand Prix due to the pandemic. “It should have been next week. We are going to face three Grand Prix in a row. Every time it has been a problem, a solution has been found.

“So again, thanks to the result of the great collaboration between Formula 1, the FIA, the teams, and you [the media].”

Todt expects the Austrian Grand Prix to allow full fan attendance, the first race since the pandemic started to do so.

“Obviously it’s always pleasing when we see that here [France] it’s in a location of 15 thousand spectators,” he said. “I hear that next week’s first race in Austria [Styrian Grand Prix] will not be with full attendance, should be full attendance the week after. I also hear that the UK should be with full attendance. So we move towards concrete hope.”

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