The return of Formula 1 to Imola after a fourteen-year absence from the calendar will not be the expected popular celebration. While, since the confirmation of the organization of a race on the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari last July, the organizers of the event were hopeful of welcoming the public and expected to have up to 13,000 spectators each. day on the occasion of the two days on which the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna will be organized, the health situation in Italy in general and in the region in particular, has changed the situation. Indeed, the closed door was finally ordered by the Italian government as part of the new measures taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus throughout the country.
The behind closed doors return to F1
While the races organized at Mugello, Sochi, Nürburgring and then Portimão in recent weeks have been held in front of several thousand spectators, Formula 1 will plunge back into the closed door that has been its daily life for the first eight. rounds of a 2020 season unlike any other, started last July in Austria. “We had hoped to welcome the fans to the race this weekend, but we fully understand and respect the decision taken by the authorities,” told the British magazine Autosport Uberto Selvatico Estense, boss of the Imola circuit. We hope our fans will still enjoy the race from home. A situation that will be repeated from November 13 to 15 on the occasion of the Turkish Grand Prix, the organizers having finally given up welcoming tens of thousands of spectators for the race.