Organisers of Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix say the event will go ahead but will not feature spectators due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 2020 event was one of many that was postponed and then ultimately cancelled on account of the pandemic.
The 2021 grand prix is scheduled to take place between June 4 to 6 at the Baku City Circuit.
In an update released on Friday BCC officials outlined that “every opportunity has been explored to find a way to stage the race weekend in 2021 that would allow the return of fans.”
BCC organisers added that “while the global situation and pandemic response is continuing to improve it has become clear the 2021 race weekend has arrived too soon for BCC to safely host the event with fans present.”
Spectators who purchased tickets for the 2020 event, and did not request a refund, have the option to use the tickets for the 2022 round at no additional cost.
“We are, of course, thrilled to welcome F1 back to Baku after such a difficult period,” said BCC Executive Director Arif Rahimov.
“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 its 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.”
Officials in Bahrain confirmed on Thursday that its season-opening round later this month will be open to those who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine or who have recovered from the virus.
Organisers of following rounds at Imola and Portimao are awaiting better visibility before outlining whether spectators can attend.
France’s grand prix, scheduled for June 28, is currently capped at 15,000 spectators per day, divided into three sections.