Thanks to the Red Bull Ring’s unique design, Helmut Marko hopes to see the stands full of fans once Formula 1 comes to Austria.
The Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring already featured on Formula 1’s 2021 calendar, but with the Canadian Grand Prix cancelled and then its replacement, the Turkish Grand Prix, binned also, the door opened for another Austria double-header.
This format worked well last season as the Austrian Grand Prix opened the campaign, followed by the Styrian Grand Prix also at the Red Bull Ring on the following weekend.
Fans were not allowed to attend in 2020 due to the strict Covid laws, and even though looser restrictions in Austria still limit spectator numbers to 3,000 at outdoor events, the way that the Red Bull Ring is designed has actually opened up a loophole it would seem.
“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.”
If each grandstand technically counts as its own event under these rules, then it means that through the 13 stands at the Red Bull Ring there could be up to 39,000 fans a day in attendance at the Styrian Grand Prix.
Since the Austrian Grand Prix then takes place in July, it remains to be seen what restrictions would be in place for that month.
What could still threaten both races though is the fact that Austria has banned direct flights from the UK.
Marko though expects the problem to be “resolved by then”, adding that “we still have some time to go until the races.”