Formula 1: Austria gives go-ahead to host crowd-free season-openers on 8 and 12 July at Spielberg

Austria’s health ministry on Saturday gave the green light to two Formula One motor races on 8 and 12 July — the delayed season-openers — to be held without spectators

Reuters May 30, 2020 22:33:43 IST
Formula 1: Austria gives go-ahead to host crowd-free season-openers on 8 and 12 July at Spielberg

Zurich: Austria’s health ministry on Saturday gave the green light to two Formula One motor races on 8 and 12 July — the delayed season-openers — to be held without spectators in line with plans aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19.

Formula 1 Austria gives goahead to host crowdfree seasonopeners on 8 and 12 July at Spielberg

File image of the 2019 British Grand Prix. Reuters

The races are due to be held in the village of Spielberg, about 200 kilometres (124 miles) southwest of the capital Vienna.

Formula One organisers earlier this year announced plans to re-launch its delayed season in Austria without crowds and end it in Abu Dhabi in December after races in Asia and the Americas.

Austria is among countries moving ahead with easing restrictions as new coronavirus infections wane.

Formula One’s 10 teams will be limited to a maximum 80 people each at the races when the delayed season gets going in July, the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) had said on Thursday.

The Austrian event organisers presented a comprehensive, professional security concept to prevent infections, the country’s health ministry said on its website.

“The concept calls for strict hygienic measures as well as regular tests and health checks for the teams and their employees,” Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said.

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