The Italian Grand Prix will take place without fans, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
Despite previously indicating it was unlikely spectators could attend when Formula 1 comes to Monza on September 6, race organisers had still been selling tickets in the hope restrictions would ease alongside the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, organisers have now stated unequivocally that the race, which is set to be the eighth of the 2020 season, will indeed proceed without fans.
“The 2020 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza from 4-6 September will take place behind closed doors, i.e. without spectators,” Monza officials said in a statement.
“Tickets already purchased will be refunded for the full value of the face price shown on them.”
Possessing possibly the most famously passionate fans on the F1 calendar, the Italian Grand Prix is traditionally a chance for the legions of Ferrari supporters, known as tifosi, to celebrate their national team.
Alas, the restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic mean this year’s event will be markedly different, with F1’s use of fan videos little substitute for the thousands of flag-waving fans and that usually provide such a memorable atmosphere.