More than 13,000 fans will be allowed in for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on each day, according to reports.
The BBC are reporting that the shortened two-day event, to take place from October 31 – November 1, will be open to over 13,000 fans for both Saturday and Sunday.
The Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, or Imola as it is often referred to, will host its first Formula 1 race in 14 years having dropped off the calendar after the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix.
Getting fans back into the grandstands has been a priority for Formula 1 and that is now starting to come to fruition with the 2020 Russian Grand Prix watched by around 30,000 fans, while the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello also had a limited number of fans in attendance.
And thanks to a “meticulous anti-Covid health security protocol”, it has become “possible to obtain a significant public presence” at the Emilia Romagna GP, according to a statement from the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
13,000 fans for each day is the target and the BBC report that tickets are already sold out in some areas.
With the Emilia Romagna GP taking place over two days instead of three there will only be a 90-minute practice session on the Saturday before qualifying with the race then taking place on Sunday.
But it’s safe to say that announcement didn’t go down well with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
“If we would have had it on a track which we know and we have been driving with the cars we have nowadays, I think it’s not a problem at all,” he told RaceFans back at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
“But when you go to a new track and only have one session…
“At the end, it’s the same for everyone so there’s no problem with that, but I think it’s just a bit wrong. Give us two sessions to just sort a few things out, just make sure everything is working well, instead of just one.
“The two-day format I don’t really care, but then give us two practice sessions. Even it’s better to do two one-hour sessions than one one-and-a-half. So I think it’s a bit stupid.”
— Michael Schumacher (@schumacher) April 23, 2017
Formula 1’s last race at Imola saw Michael Schumacher win the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix after winning out against title-rival Fernando Alonso in a race-long battle.
That was Schumacher’s seventh and final victory at the San Marino Grand Prix, making him by far the most successful F1 driver at the circuit.