Monza hoping to have full vaccinated stands

Date published: June 2 2021

Monza

Italian GP organisers plan to have full stands consisting of vaccinated fans and half-full ones for those yet to get the jab.

Due to the global pandemic, the vast majority of races that went ahead in 2020, including the one in Monza, took place with either no fans at all or heavily-reduced capacities.

That has been the case again in 2021, but with more and more people around the world getting vaccinated, the hope is that grandstands will be full again before the end of the season.

That perhaps seemed unlikely to happen for the race in Italy given that it’s taking place in September, but Angelo Sticchi Damiani, President of the Italian automobile club, says that the plan is to have some full stands, solely consisting of vaccinated people, with those non-vaccinated able to watch in areas with 50% capacity.

“We would like to fill the Monza racetrack to 70 or 80 percent,” he said on Rai Radio 1.

“We could set up no-Covid stands for vaccinated people and others for those who will swab [have COVID tests] with spacing and 50% of the capacity.”

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Red Bull Ring Austria

Monza is not the only European circuit hosting a race over the summer trying to think of ways to welcome a high number of fans.

Like in 2020, a doubleheader is to take place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, and Helmut Marko belives that, due to the layout, as many as 39,000 people will be able to attend.

“The grandstands all have their own entrance and exit. This means that each grandstand is a separate unit, so that the spectators will not come into contact with each other,” Red Bull driver programme boss Marko told Formel1.de.

“Red Bull has already shown what a super organisation it is and that we can organise in a very efficient way, with test certificates, surveys or whatever is prescribed by the authorities or the government.

“I therefore assume that we will have an acceptable number of spectators.”

The organisers of the Dutch Grand Prix meanwhile are optimsitic that they’ll be able to have a crowd of over 100,000 fans per day at the race in September.

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