He Turkish Grand Prix of the Formula 1 it was called to be one of the great events of a complicated year. The global pandemic by COVID-19, It marked a before and after and this made many things that the fans were used to are no longer. In the last weeks it had been thought that a large amount of public is present in the stands of the Istanbul Park.
Despite the efforts of the organization of the race, finally the Turkish government informed that the race will be held without an audience. The epidemiological situation of Turkey it got worse in the last hours, and the government rejected the proposal. Despite this, the race will be held normally on September 15.
The government statement
The sports ministry of Turkey released a statement on Monday, where he rules out the option of having fans in the huge stands of the circuit. “In the field of efforts to combat the coronavirus epidemic, and in accordance with the recommendation of the Istanbul Provincial Pandemic Committee, the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prixwill take place without spectators »
The lament of the organizers
In recent weeks the president of the promoter Intercity, Vural Ak, confirmed that they came with high expectations for the GP. “We were planning to fill the total capacity, 220,000 seats, but it is not possible with COVID-19. Before us, this organization had no owner. We are passionate and enthusiastic about this sport, and we can organize it successfully. But, there is the COVID-19. That is why we hope it will bring together 100,000 people »
The last races with the public
At the Grand Prix of Mugello Up to 3,000 people a day had been allowed in, a very small group. In Monza, some doctors who might have the enviable possibility were invited. For its part, the largest flow of people who entered, was the last end of career in Russia. He Sochi circuit allowed up to 30,000 people in the stands.