Formula 1: Iconic Monaco GP to welcome 7,500 spectators back with highest ‘safety measures’ – The iconic Monaco GP will welcome back spectators when it hosts the race from May 20 to 23. The toughest race on the Formula 1 calendar will be back after it was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Monaco GP is the fifth race on the F1’s 23-race calendar. The venue is one of the oldest with the first race being held in 1929.
However, all the spectators will need to show negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test results when they enter the street race premises and the country. “It is important that it is held with both a minimum participation of the public and the highest sanitary conditions,” the Minister of State Pierre Dartout told AFP.
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Formula 1: Monaco GP – The race has already sold 4,000 tickets with the rest 3,500 tickets due to be made available soon as per Christian Tornatore, commissioner-general of the Automobile Club de Monaco.
To avoid crowding and maintain social distancing, the 7,500 tickets have been arranged in such a way that there is 1 in 3 places, Tornatore said. However, on Friday practice, only 3,000 spectators will be allowed.
While there will be no restrictions on the origin of the spectators, staff will be trained to spot any falsified tests. But, residents, employees of the Principality and Monegasques are exempt from testing.
“We are all eager to ensure that it takes place in the best possible conditions, both for what it represents economically, particularly in the hotel and catering sector, but also for the image of the Principality,” Dartout said.
It will be a home race for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who is yet to win the race as a Formula 1 driver. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the race in 2019 while his former teammate did a hat-trick of winning the Monaco GP from 2013 to 2015.