The epidemiological situation of coronavirus (COVID-19) that is being lived in Europe generates a lot of concern to the organizers of the Formula 1. In the last hours, different health leaders expressed their rejection before the 27,000 people who were in Portimao. This weekend it will be the turn of Imola Grand Prix, in the circuit Enzo e Dino Ferrari and there are still no definitions on the normal development of the test.
In the last 24 hours, record numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases were registered in Italy. Some 21,989 infected people were added, while some 221 lost their lives. In total, since the pandemic began, confirmed cases have exceeded half a million people. This is why, since Liberty Media and the Imola GP organization had to make a very important decision for this weekend.
Imola, no audience
According to the media ‘Motorsport.com’, the head of the Italian circuit confirmed that this Sunday there will be no fans present in the stands. “The government has banned our fans and we are very disappointed by this. We are also very sorry for the inconvenience we are facing due to this decision, ”said the leader.
Despite the insistence of the leaders, the head of the route confirmed that the Italian government did not authorize the presence of the public. «The governor of Emilia Romagna was speaking with the Minister of Health, but they denied any exception to the decree. It is not easy to explain to the fans that the government has not changed its mind in a very short time, because a week ago they confirmed that we were allowed to have fans.
Finally, the director was very sad about the decision made, although he respects the authorities. “We were hoping to welcome the fans to the race this weekend but we fully understand and respect the decision made by the authorities. We hope our fans enjoy the race from home. ”