OFFICIAL: Bahrain to hold Formula 1 GP without spectators

Bahrain GP will be the first ever F1 race to be run behind closed doors as a results of the global coronavirus outbreak.

“In consultation with our international partners and the Kingdom’s national health Taskforce, Bahrain has made the decision to hold this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix as a participants-only event,” said organisers in a brief statement.

“As an F1 host nation, balancing the welfare of supporters and race goers is a tremendous responsibility.”

“Given the continued spread of Covid-19 globally, convening a major sporting event, which is open to the public and allows thousands of international travellers and local fans to interact in close proximity would not be the right thing to do at the present time.”

“But to ensure that neither the sport, nor its global supporter base, is unduly impacted, the race weekend itself will still go ahead as a televised event.”