A directive from His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, Bahrain International Circuit today announces that this year’s Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix and Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix will take place predominantly without spectators. There will, however, be a limited number of grandstand seats allocated for the races for families of frontline health workers and first responders in Bahrain, to recognize their incredible contribution and commitment in responding to the pandemic in the Kingdom.
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.
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.
Planning is already well underway for the two race weekends, scheduled for 26 to 29 November and 4 to 6 December. The BIC is working closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the relevant Government Ministries in Bahrain to ensure that the race proceeds with all necessary health protection measures in place, based on detailed and established protocols.