Next weekend in Imola at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit, the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, the 13th stage of the World Championship, will be held. Initially, the organizers planned to hold it with spectators in the stands, although their number is supposed to be limited at 13,114 people, but due to the epidemiological situation in the country, which not only remains alarming, but is getting worse, local authorities may prohibit this.
However, Formula Imola hopes that the Formula 1 race, which will take place on this track for the first time since 2006, will be flexible and at least those fans who have already bought tickets will be admitted to the circuit.
“We hope the authorities will find it possible to experiment with the use of innovative control methods used at checkpoints at the circuit,” the race organizers said in a statement. “The guaranteed observance of social distance will allow us to continue our business activity, otherwise this sector of the economy, in which thousands of companies operate, is doomed to extinction.”
Of course, the last word rests with the leadership of the Emilia-Romagna region and the Italian government. If, nevertheless, a tough decision is made that the race should be held with empty stands, Formula Imola promises to find “an adequate way to return the money” to those who have already purchased tickets for the Grand Prix.
The situation in European countries is really becoming more difficult, which in one way or another affects Formula 1. In particular, additional obstacles may arise in the way of road trains, which will have to transport thousands of tons of cargo belonging to teams from Portugal to Italy in the shortest possible time.
For example, the famous racing journalist Joe Savard, who is also heading from Portimão to Imola, said on Monday morning: “Today I was going to cross Spain without much rush, but they threaten to close regional borders, so to avoid trouble, I am heading towards the French border “.
But if journalists can change the route of their movements without any special problems, then the drivers of road trains are in a more difficult position, they must follow the shortest route to their goal, otherwise there is a risk of being late, and this can lead to unpleasant consequences.
Portimao is separated from Imola by almost two and a half thousand kilometers.