The Azerbaijan Grand Prix organizers have confirmed that the 2021 race in Baku should go ahead as planned, but the event is set to take place behind closed doors.
The 2020 race in Baku was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the race was ultimately called off when it became evident that the lockdown period needed to be extended. The beloved street race is due to make its return this year with its date scheduled for 4-6 June.
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix race organisers have confirmed in a statement that the race will be staged without fans as the world is still grappling with the Covid-19 crises.
“This decision was taken in light of ongoing health and safety concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic and comes after extensive deliberation between BCC and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic, F1 and the FIA.”
“While the global situation and pandemic response is continuing to improve, it has become clear that the 2021 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix race weekend has arrived too soon for BCC to safely host the event with fans present.”
Commenting on the announcement, Baku City Circuit executive director Arif Rahimov said: “We are, of course, thrilled to welcome F1 back to Baku after such a difficult period but we will deeply miss our amazing fans that have played a vital part in making this race weekend such a special occasion year after year.
“Our message is as simple as it is heartfelt: we miss you and we will see you again! Our main priority this year will continue to be the health and safety of everyone working and participating at the event, whilst still delivering an awesome spectacle to for the world to savour watching from home.
“We are once again expecting no shortage of drama, high-speeds and excitement when F1 arrives back in Baku for the fifth time this summer, so please sit back, relax and enjoy the 2021 F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix and we will see you all again in person in 2022,” Rahimov concluded.