Monaco to welcome 7,500 spectators to F1 Grand Prix


The Principality of Monaco has approved a maximum attendance of 7,500 spectators for its upcoming F1 Grand Prix.

Monaco returns to the calendar this month after a hiatus last year – the first in its history – due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The glitzy Principality has erected grandstands along its waterfront which will host a maximum of 6000 Formula E fans this weekend. But that capacity shall be boosted to 7,500 for Monaco's showcase F1 event that will take place on May 20-23.

However, to enjoy the on-site action, fans will be required to display proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than 72 hours before attending the event.

Earlier this year, Bahrain granted access to 4,500 spectators for its opening race of the F1 season, but Imola and more recently Portimão were both forced to close their gates to fans.

This weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona will take place in front of 1,000 selected fans seated at the Circuit de Catalunya.

But the wearing of face masks will be mandatory for those present while food and drinks will be prohibited.

"We are very satisfied to be able to make the first step towards a gradual opening of our facilities," said Josep Lluis Santamaria, the circuit’s general manager.

"We can welcome again all those who love motorsport, even if this time it will only be a small number."

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