Spain admits fans at Barcelona circuit after all

03-05-2021 18:37 | Updated: 03-05-2021 21:04
by GPblog.com
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Spain admits fans at Barcelona circuit after all

The Spanish government has decided to allow 1,000 fans to visit the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this weekend. Although at first, it seemed that the Grand Prix would take place without an audience, the government still sees room for fans.

The organisation was initially expecting 15,000 fans in the stands, but the government changed that two weeks ago. Because of the number of infections in Spain, the organisation was not even allowed to allow any fans. Spain however released the state of emergency and now there is still room for fans during the Grand Prix.

"It is of great importance that we are able to open our doors and reward the support of our loyal members", states Josep Lluís Santamaría, general manager of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya In a statement. "Although it is still a small number of fans, we can be an example of how supporters can be safe at sporting events." More than 1,000 people have tickets. Among them, the organisation will hold a lottery next week to determine who can attend. They will be allowed to sit on the main grandstand at the start-finish.

Winners

Lewis Hamilton was the best of the last four Grands Prix in Spain on Sunday. In 2016 Max Verstappen won the race after a spectacular performance. The Dutchman was driving his Red Bull for the first time at the time.

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