The organizers of the Turkish GP, which is returning to the F1 series, have announced that the race will take place as a race for empty spectators. The deteriorating coronavirus situation in the country forced the organizers to make a complete reversal of the original plan.

Turkey returns to formula cracks after a nine-year hiatus. The GP, who ran from 2005 to 2011, got involved after the coronavirus injected a completely new race calendar into the series. Turkey was scheduled to run in mid-November.

According to the original plan, as many as 100,000 spectators were to be taken to the auditoriums. More than 40,000 tickets had already been sold for the event before today’s decision from empty stands.

The coronavirus has crashed the race organizers, as the audience has hardly been allowed to enter the race venues since the beginning of the season. The exceptions are Mugello and Sochi, the latter with more than 30,000 spectators per day.

The next GPs are also scheduled to run in front of a paying public, but as the coronavirus situation worsens, authorities in many countries have made quick decisions to prevent mass incidents.

The F1 season continues next weekend in Germany on the Nürburgring motorway.