F1 Turkish GP

F1 Turkish GP to be held without fans due to coronavirus

Governor of Istanbul announced today that the race will be held without spectators. Tickets for the F1 Turkish GP will be refunded.

The F1 Turkish GP, which was scheduled to take place between November 13 and 15 at the Istanbul Park circuit for the first time since 2011, will finally have to be held without fans due to the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, announced this Monday the governor of Istanbul in an official statement.

Looking ahead to Turkey’s return to the official Formula 1 calendar, confirmed at the end of August after negotiations failed in recent years to include the Istanbul circuit again, the Intercity company that manages the popular circuit – highly valued among public and F1 fans for its spectacular layout – had announced popular prices for the race last month.

According to Intercity, the price of a ticket to attend a full day of F1 races in Istanbul would cost only 30 liras, just over 3 euros; the society also assured that the Turkish GP would be one of the few that would be run with audience, although the attendance would be reduced to less than 50% of its capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching 100,000 spectators.

However, this Monday the governor of Istanbul confirmed in a statement released to the media that finally, after studying the situation and taking into account the recommendations of the Istanbul Provincial Council for the Pandemic, the race will be held without the attendance of spectators. “It has been decided that the race will be held without an audience,” the statement said.

After hearing the news, the president of Intercity, Vural Ak, issued another statement announcing that the cost of tickets sold to date for the F1 Turkish GP will be fully reimbursed to buyers, ensuring that “health is our priority”. “Even if the event is held without fans, with the perfect hospitality that we are going to show, we will bring races again next year and together we will fill the stands,” he added.