F1's crown jewel could see fan return according to key figure

James Black April 26, 2021
F1's crown jewel could see fan return according to key figure
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Fans could be back in the grandstands at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix according to F1 boss Stefano Domenicali – however the upcoming races in Portugal and Spain won’t have any spectators.

With the showpiece race due to take place on May 23, Domenicali is hopeful fans will be allowed to be present for the historic race.

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After being cancelled last year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, F1’s return to Monte Carlo is being constantly monitored by the FIA and Formula One.

The prospect of fans at Monaco has the former Ferrari team principal excited that more fans will have the chance to “participate” in motorsport’s premier series this season, telling Italy’s Sky TG24: “We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis, which is changing hour by hour.”

“In the next Grands Prix of Portugal and Spain, unfortunately we will not have anyone, but Monaco is presented as the first where a limited number of people should be admitted on Sunday.

“It gives us hope for the future, because if the situation improves there will be a gradual reopening and fans will have the opportunity to participate.”

Monaco announced 10 days ago an easing of health restrictions in the Principality but gave no clarity on the status of the Grand Prix.

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Last time the race was run, in 2019, it was won by Lewis Hamilton, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas with Max Verstappen dropping from second to fourth after a five-second time penalty was applied after the chequered flag.

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James has been with Not The Old Firm since the beginning and took over as Managing Editor in 2021. As well as NTOF, James has written for HITC, Rangers News, The Daily Record, SB Nation, Shoot! Magazine and Youth Football Scotland. He can be found on Twitter @jamesblack1986 and, away from Scottish football, has a keen interest in MLS (Chicago Fire) and Formula 1.