The F1 Bahrain Grand Prix has just become the first in history to have no spectators watching on, due to coronavirus, and for safety reason, the F1 Vietnam Grand Prix may also have to choose this solution.
Race organizers have announced that this month's Bahrain Grand Prix will take place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, and has become the latest sporting event to close to the public because of the virus.
A statement from the organizers said: "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
F1 Grand Prix as a participants-only event
"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."
The move came hours after Italy announced that some of its areas in the North were being blocked, including Modena, the Ferrari’s headquarter.
The new plan, that the Bahrain Grand Prix takes place without spectators, will cause financial losses for the organizers and Bahrain, however it is the most logical plan to not disturb the F1 season.
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The organizers of F1 Vietnam Grand Prix, which is due to take place on April 5, two weeks after the Bahrain Grand Prix, will have to consider the situation before making a final decision.
The F1’s chairman is expected to visit Hanoi this week to assess the situation and will hold discussions with the government and Vingroup, the race organizer, to determine whether the race should be postponed, or take place behind closed doors.
Over the weekend, Vietnam has confirmed another 13 cases of the COVID-19 virus, raising the total cases of infection to 30 (16 cases were cured). Both Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese patients are under observation with several foreigners being confined to government facilities wile they are being monitored.
This week the Vietnamese government announced that eight European countries would have their visa-on-arrival programs suspended and that foreigners coming into the country must provide certification that they are not ill and then undergo 14 days of quarantine.
It’s unclear at this time, whether the F1 teams from Europe will receive a waiver from the government or whether they will also be required to undergo the government quarantine.