“Safety first” – Formula 1 race in Bahrain takes place without spectators

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The coronavirus continues to keep Formula 1 on its toes. After the race in China has already been cancelled, the Bahrain Grand Prix is now to be held without spectators for safety reasons.

The Formula 1 race in Bahrain takes place behind closed doors. The organizers of the second race of the season reacted to the rampant corona virus with the so far unique measure in the top class of motorsport. This means that there will be no spectators at the second race of the season on the circuit in the Sakhir desert on 22 March.

Staging of Vietnam race remains questionable
“Safety is the top priority,” the organizers announced on Sunday via Facebook. The decision was made in consultation with international partners and the Kingdom’s health crisis team. Ticket sales had already been suspended earlier.

Thus, the second race is now concretely affected by measures taken out of concern for the Covid-19 virus. The Chinese Grand Prix in April has been cancelled for the time being, it will possibly be made up for at a later date. It is currently open how the race in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the beginning of April will be held. The city is only about 150 kilometres away from the Chinese border.

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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