Will it be possible to race with spectators in the stands, as happened in Formula 1 and in the United States?
Motor racing was the first national sports discipline to return to official activity with logistics and health protocols under the “new normal” in this coronavirus pandemic. With the categories underway, fulfilling distancing and closed doors, it is proposed to enter a new phase: the presence of the public at the races.
The return of the spectators is a goal that until a few weeks ago seemed too ambitious, but it seems that it is more tangible than initially thought.
The images of a Buenos Aires racetrack Oscar and Juan Gálvez empty in the stands before the passage of various national disciplines they generated the idea of enable certain places so that the public can be present at the competitions.
The next step in Argentina will be the request for authorization to local governments, taking into account the opening for many open-air events, always following the strict protocols that accompany motor racing.
In other activities, before the summer season, for example, the opening of theaters with a capacity that would not exceed between 40 and 50% of the seats is evaluated.
In the case of the Buenos Aires racetrack, which has large stands, the distribution of the public would be facilitated to respect the mandatory social distancing.
It would be a good outdoor show, especially considering that due to the delay that was experienced after inactivity for six months, Super TC2000 competitions, for example, will be played in the middle of summer, so the championship will end in February.
At the international level, it has already been experienced in certain commitments. In the United States, for example, the public attended some dates of the Indy Car, as well as in some experiences of the Nascar.
Formula 1 was not far behind and under strict protocols it also enabled certain dates for a limited number of spectators. The Grand Prix of Tuscany, in which Ferrari held 1,000 races in the highest category, was witnessed by 3,000 people, of which almost half belonged to exclusive clubs of the team. Mugello was a special place.
At the Russian Grand Prix, 30,000 people witnessed the victory of Finn Valtteri Bottas. Beyond the public, experiences such as walks through the pits or the Paddock Club were not enabled.
Last weekend, Formula 1 visited Portugal, a country in which it had not competed since 1996. The new Portimao circuit has 47,000 seats, of which only 27,500 seats were occupied.
The MotoGP world was also attended by the public. In Misano, for example, the entry of 10,000 people was enabled on each of the two dates that there fulfilled the queen category of the motorcycling world.
In Spain the presence of the public was not approved neither in Montmeló, Barcelona, nor in Aragon, where there is a double date. In France, at Le Mans barely 5,000 spectators entered.
Outside of motor sport, there were also audiences in different international disciplines. Roland Garros enabled the entry of 1,000 people per day, who were distributed in the different parties until reaching the men’s final, with the historic consecration of Rafael Nadal.
The final of the European Super Cup was the first football match under the orbit of UEFA that had an audience on the Old Continent. Bayern Munich beat Sevilla 2-1 (goal by Argentine Lucas Ocampos). In the French League, the public also attends in limited numbers and the Champions League allows 30% of the total of each stadium to be occupied, as long as the local authorities allow it. In the United States something similar is also experienced in the NFL games.
Special for Clarín