What to Expect from the Bahrain Grand Prix 2020

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It’s been a disappointing year for F1 racing enthusiasts because of the cancellation and postponement of several Grand Prix. However, F1 has released the dates for 17 races that would take place this year. The Kingdom of Bahrain has the unique privilege of holding two F1 races in one season.

Formula 1 made a formal announcement that the Bahrain International Circuit will host the two races for the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship on consecutive weekends. 

According to the F1 announcement earlier, two races, the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2020, are scheduled from 27 to November 29, 2020, and the Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix 2020 from December 4 to 6, this year.

F1 in Compliance Covid-19 Safety Protocols 

With the second wave of COVID-19 already hitting several European countries, forcing them to impose lockdown, the F1 teams scheduled to race in Bahrain this month and in December will have to abide by the COVID-19 protocols strictly.

Notably, several Grand Prix events have been canceled, or postponed this year because of the global pandemic. However, according to F1, at least 17 races will be organised this season. As far as the F1 races to be held in Bahrain are concerned, the Government of Bahrain will take a call on whether to allow spectators or fans to watch their heroes racing. The final decision concluded that the races would take place without spectators. However, the statement explained that healthcare workers would attend the event.  

All participants appearing for the racing events in Bahrain will have to follow the COVID-19 guidelines strictly with minimal interactions. All the teams, comprising drivers and support members, will have to operate within their designated areas to prevent the disease from spreading. Besides, the marshals of the celebrated Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) will always be ready for a possible worst-case scenario.

Creating the Safety Bubble

In case a COVID-19 positive case is found, a reserve team will swing into action to replace the bubble of members who will be isolated. According to the Motorsports Marshals Club president, Fayez Ramzi Fayez, the marshals are ready to help host three events amid COVID-19 regulations as stipulated by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

The races will be held in a safe environment adhering to all COVID-19 FIA protocols. All guidelines issued by the Bahrain health authorities will be followed strictly. Social distancing protocol will be strictly followed, and rigorous testing will be carried out for everybody due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The marshals will look after the safety of the race participants. They will be stationed across various points at the racing track to assist the racers in case of any problems such as accidents, collisions, or issues in the racing tracks.

Preparations are in Full-Swing 

Notably, Fayez attended the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix in Germany some time ago to learn about safety strategies implemented there. It is expected that the F1 races in Bahrain will provide a much-needed boost to the economy, particularly the hospitality industry. On the other hand, the second BIC race will be the penultimate round before the F1 2020 season ends in Abu Dhabi on December 13.

BIC Chief Executive said to the media that they have collaborated with FIA and F1 while planning their events. He also thanked Formula 1 for presenting the opportunity for hosting the two races. He further elaborated that their venue has always delivered the best races while maintaining a high level of excitement. 

He also told the media that BIC is working closely with the government of Bahrain, the F1, and the FIA so that the races could be organised by maintaining all safety protocols. He also said that BIC would come out with updates regularly.

George Russell and Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

The F1 had earlier announced that Bahrain would host two Grand Prix races on separate tracks this year. The Bahrain GP will be held on November 29. The race will be organised on the 5.4 km circuit as usual.

The second race will take place on December 6. F1 said it will be held on a smaller circuit (3.5 km outer circuit) that was never used for international racing earlier. The second race, which will be known as Sakhir GP, will be held under floodlights as it is supposed to be a night race.