“Back in Town” (Return to the city) is the slogan of the 78th edition of the Monaco Grand Prix which will be held on May 23, and highlights the return of Formula 1 to the Principality after having to cancel the 2020 appointment due to the coronavirus.
Work on the configuration of the Monte Carlo street circuit has been in full swing for several weeks now and will need to be completed to accommodate the grand prix reserved for historic cars scheduled for April 23-25.
The start of the works confirmed that not only Formula 1 will return to Monte Carlo, but also the public.
In fact, the installation of the bleachers that characterize the Monegasque track is nearing completion, and the pre-sale of tickets on the official channels has also begun. At the moment, the only security measure linked to COVID-19 is the ‘chessboard’ arrangement of the spectators, that is, the alternation of an occupied and a free seat to the side, front and back.
A system that we have already seen in NASCAR races and other sporting events, which allows the presence of a number of spectators between 40 and 50% of the total capacity.
At the moment, it is not yet clear if there will be other protocols that spectators who want to attend the Monaco Grand Prix will have to respect.
The situation, as in any other country, is constantly evolving, and even in this case it will depend on how the pandemic arrives around the week of the race, which would be the fifth stop on the 2021 calendar. It is likely that those who travel to the appointment from some countries such as Spain or Italy they have to present a PCR, although in this case it is a possibility that the French authorities would reserve.