Promoters of the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan announced that this year’s F1 race will be run without an audience as the epidemiological situation is still not favorable enough to hold mass gatherings.
The Grand Prix of Azerbaijan was not driven last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other street tracks such as Australia, Monaco and Singapore, and although this year’s race in Baku will take place from June 4-6, today it was confirmed that there will be no spectators.
“We made this decision in light of the current health and safety situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic after detailed discussions between the BCC and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Formula 1 and the FIA,” the statement said.
“As the global situation and the response to the pandemic continue to improve, it has become clear that the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix arrived too early to safely hold the event with the audience.”
“Of course we are thrilled to welcome Formula 1 in Baku after such a difficult period, but we will miss our amazing spectators because they played a key role in making this race so special year after year.”
“Our message is simple and sincere – we will miss you and see you again!”
Spectators who bought tickets for the 2020 race were able to carry them for 2021, and will now be able to use them for the 2022 race at no extra cost.
The last F1 race on the streets of Baku was held in 2019 and had about 85,000 spectators in three days while this year’s race is the first to be confirmed to be held without spectators.
The first F1 race in Azerbaijan was held in 2016 under the name of the Grand Prix of Europe, and since 2017 it has been named the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan.