The promoters of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza have confirmed the race will happen behind closed doorways with no followers permitted to attend.
After being compelled to name off the opening 10 races of the season as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, F1 managed to get the 2020 marketing campaign underway earlier this month in Austria.
All races to date this season have been “closed occasions”, going down with no spectators and with restricted personnel on the circuits.
F1 bosses have been optimistic about getting followers to races by autumn. Tickets are already on sale for September’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, whereas it’s aiming to have tens of 1000’s of followers on-site for the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao in October.
Autosport understands that F1 was initially focusing on the Italian Grand Prix on 6 September as the primary race the place a restricted variety of followers would be capable to attend.
However Monza has now confirmed the race will happen behind closed doorways, informing ticket holders of the choice on Wednesday.
“The 2020 Method 1 Italian Grand Prix on the Autodromo Nazionale Monza from 4-6 September will happen behind closed doorways, i.e. with out spectators,” an announcement from the circuit reads.
“Tickets already bought shall be refunded for the total worth of the face value proven on them.”
Ticket holders are set to learn imminently of the refund course of via the channel during which they made their buy.
It means the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello is now the earliest race the place F1 may get followers again within the grandstands, though it might stay a restricted quantity.
Nevertheless, a lot of this will depend on the plans from the native authorities in Tuscany and what restrictions are in place within the area on the time.
It might be that solely home followers are allowed to attend the race, with an identical follow doubtlessly in place for future races within the season.
The Nurburgring stays hopeful of permitting followers to attend the recently-announced Eifel Grand Prix on 11 October, with the chance being a key issue within the monitor’s addition to the calendar forward of Hockenheim.
13 races have been introduced on the F1 calendar for 2020, with no less than the opening eight occasions all going down behind closed doorways following Monza’s announcement.