As we wrote on Tuesday, the new anti-coronavir measures taken by the Italian government earlier this week have made it doubtful that the 13,000 spectators a day originally planned for the weekend’s Formula 1 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix can attend.
Although the passage for organizing sporting events without spectators was clear enough from the outset, the governor of the region, Stefano Bonaccini, has lobbied the Minister of Health and the Prime Minister himself for the dismissal over the past two days, but has not succeeded. the cars will be circling.
“The government banned our viewers, which is a huge disappointment for us. We are very sorry for those who are suffering from this. The governor of Emilia-Romagna was still in talks with the health minister today, but the dismissal was refused. It’s not easy to explain that they changed their minds so suddenly, as they signaled just a week ago that we could welcome viewers, ”chief organizer Uberto Selvatico Estense complained to Motorsport.com.
The promoter said they spent a lot of money preparing to receive spectators and will now be forced to explain and refund the price of admission.
“There will definitely be problems with some who will want to join. They bought the ticket and they won’t understand why we’re excluding them, ”he continued.
The organizers of the Turkish Grand Prix after Imola did the same, originally counting on-site spectators, 100,000 people, but were forced to retreat due to the deteriorating epidemic situation.