German Grand Prix likely with spectators


German Grand Prix with fans Image: Formula 1

The Formula 1 German Grand Prix is likely to be held in front of 20,000 spectators on October 11th, 2020, in compliance with health rules in place for the grim COVID-19 scenario, local authorities announced on Monday.

The Formula 1 German Grand Prix is a motor race that is held most years since 1926, with 75 races having been held. The race has been held at only three venues throughout its history, the Nürburgring in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg and occasionally AVUS in Berlin.

The 11th of 17 races of the 2020 F1 season will take place at the Nürburgring, a circuit where Grand Prix will be held for the first time since the 2013 season when German Sebastian Vettel won.

This authorization is part of the rules established at the regional level in the field of sporting events, which admit the possibility that a site can accommodate up to 20 percent of its capacity if the infrastructure allows the maintenance of barriers and in the absence of ‘coronavirus infections’.

The organizers of the German Grand Prix have put in place a strict health procedure, tickets will therefore only be available in the electronic format, will be personalized and their purchase will be prohibited to residents of risk areas.

The stands on the Nürburgring circuit have been fitted with barriers and the consumption of alcohol will be strictly prohibited.

The sale of tickets, which will begin on Tuesday, will also be done in stages in order to “be able to react, at any time, in the event of a significant increase in coronavirus infections,” specified the official of the German canton of Ahrweiler.

Compliance with health rules will be strictly controlled and in the event of non-compliance with its execution, the health authorities reserve “the right to close the stands or even interrupt the entire event”, officials warned.

The German Grand Prix precedes the Portuguese Grand Prix on October 23rd at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal.

The 100,000 capacity Algarve International Circuit, commonly referred to as Portimão Circuit, is a 4.692 km race circuit located in Portimão, Portugal. With a total cost of €195 million, the project includes a karting track, technology park, five-star hotel, sports complex and apartments.

Six-time world champion Briton Mercedes Lewis Hamilton leads the driver’s standings with 190 points, ahead of teammate Finn Valtteri Bottas with 135. Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull is third at 110.

Red Bull Racing is a Formula One racing team, racing a Honda powered car under an Austrian licence and based in the United Kingdom.

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