Austria, which is expected to host the first Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season on 5th July at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, will only give the go-ahead on the basis of the organiser’s safety guarantees, the Health Minister said on Thursday.
The government’s authorisation to hold this event “depends entirely on the security concept that the organisers present,” Rudolf Anschober told public radio Ö1.
“We will only authorise such events under very strict conditions and of course, I think it goes without saying, without an audience,” the minister added.
The decision criteria will be whether there is a risk of infection, and the government is awaiting the presentation of a new security concept from the organisers in this regard. “We have done our part,” the Ministry of Sports told APA.
In particular, the government wants the event to be organised on a “closed circuit”, i.e. without contact with local community, with the exception of Austrians involved in the management of the race.
The Austrian media have reported on the organisation of special flights to bring the teams.
F1 announced on Monday, in a press release from its CEO Chase Carey, that it was “aiming” for a season start in Austria on July 5th, probably “without spectators”, whereas the first GP, cancelled at the last minute because of the new coronavirus, should have taken place in Australia in mid-March.
Austria believes it has contained the pandemic of the new coronavirus on its territory and is preparing to lift most of the restrictions that have been in place since mid-March.