No fans at F1 races in Bahrain but health workers invited

A small number of grandstand seats will be allocated for health workers and their families who have helped to fight the pandemic.

The Sakhir Grand Prix will be a dusk-till-dark race and will feature 87 laps around the outer circuit.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The two Formula One races in Bahrain will be held predominantly without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic, race organizers said Saturday.

A small number of grandstand seats will be allocated for health workers and their families who have helped to fight the pandemic.

"This decision has been made as a result of the current status of the global COVID-19 pandemic, following extensive discussions between the Circuit and the Government of Bahrain,” organizers said in a statement. “The Kingdom remains focused on protecting the health of citizens and residents, maintaining one of the highest rates of testing per capita of anywhere in the world.”

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The Bahrain GP will be held November 29 on the usual 5.4-kilometer (3.3-mile) Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.

But the second race on December 6 will be called the Sakhir GP and takes place on the circuit’s smaller 3.5-kilometer (2.2-mile) outer track.

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