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F1 not allowing fans for foreseeable future

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Formula 1 has no plans to rush the process of allowing fans to attend races again, according to sporting director, Ross Brawn.

On track action will get underway at the beginning of July, albeit behind closed doors, as F1 is running a revised calendar due to the on-going COVID-19 crisis.

Eight races are due to be held, starting in Austria at the Red Bull Ring at the beginning of next month, and ending at Monza in Italy in September.

“We won’t rush that. I think when we go to the flyaway races, we can start to hope that we will have fans, but even that’s not absolutely guaranteed,” said Brawn, speaking at an FIA eConference.

“I think to have the race in a safe and secure environment is critical.

“We’re going around the world, we can’t have a problem in one country that stops us from going to other countries. We’ll progress slowly on that front.”

He added: “The fans for us are critical. We do want to see them as they do add a lot of atmosphere.

“I think we’ll take that process very gradually. But we don’t want to jump in and then have to jump out again when we find a problem.

“We felt going racing and broadcasting racing and engaging the fans with racing in what ways we could was still much more desirable than doing nothing.

“Approaching closed fans events gave us the bulk of the European season. Of course we can adjust that as we progress and we come to understand where we are with this pandemic,” he said.

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