Barcelona Circuit will allow 1,000 members to attend

Barcelona grandstand Spanish Grand Prix

Spanish Grand Prix organisers confirmed they will allow 1,000 circuit members to attend the Formula 1 race after local COVID-19 regulations are eased this week.

The 9 May 9 race is the fourth round of the world championship season and a home grand prix for Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Alpine’s double world champion Fernando Alonso.

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya management announced last month that the race would be behind closed doors due to the pandemic, but said on Monday that outdoor events in the region will now be allowed a maximum of 1,000 people with allocated seats.

The circuit has far more than 1,000 members so those attending will be chosen at random by draw, enabling the lucky ones to attend the race on Sunday.

“We have the chance to be a benchmark in terms of safe sport and to offer a venue with full guarantees,” said general manager Josep Lluis Santamaria. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)