On Sunday the Bahraini government announced the March 22nd Bahrain GP will be contested in front of zero fans in what they’re calling a “participants only event.” This move was made in response to the global spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).
The grandstands for the event will be closed, fans will not be permitted on the grounds the entire weekend. The government has even gone as far as canceling the podium celebration as well. Officials have called this a “television only” race but have not said if TV presenters will be on the ground in Bahrain or if they will be calling the race remotely.
According to the Bahrain government anyone who has passed through China (including Hong Kong), Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Egypt, Lebanon, and Thailand in the 14 days before their arrival in Bahrain will be tested at the airport. If they pass they will be allowed into the country if they fail? Well, we don’t know.
No Spectators Is Ok In Bahrain
Unlike other Grand Prix, the Bahrain GP doesn’t rely on ticket sales and fans to boost the revenue of the event. The royal family in Bahrain foots the bill for the Grand Prix. It’s essentially a social party for themselves, the fans are merely decoration at this event.
Missing the spectators will hardly be noticeable for the TV audience. With this race run at night, the grandstands are hard to see in the darkness, there are hardly any stands in the corners it will essentially just look like any other year.
If you want an idea of what it will look like check out Formula E’s season opener in Saudi Arabia.
There’s a high likelihood we will see this happen in other races around the world this season.
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