Formula 1’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix will allow fans that have been vaccinated against, or recovered from coronavirus, to attend the race.

On Thursday, the Bahrain International Circuit announced the launch of ticket sales for the opening round of the 2021 F1 season in the Gulf State for “vaccinated or COVID-19 recovered individuals” to ensure the event can go ahead in a safe environment, and in line with government health advice.

It marks a boost for F1, with the championship hopeful that fans could return to stands at a number of races on its 23-round calendar despite the ongoing pandemic.

The BIC has published a list of criteria that those wishing to attend the 26-28 March race must meet, with fans needing to show proof that they have been fully vaccinated with two weeks passed since their second dose, or that the same timeframe has elapsed since they were infected.

Social distancing and enhanced sanitation measures will be implemented in food and entertainment areas, all of which will be located outside, while fans must undergo health screening points on entry and wear masks at all times.

“We are delighted to be able to launch our ticket sales today, once again giving fans the opportunity to witness the spectacle of F1,” said BIC CEO Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa.

“In November and December last year, we had the honour to host our healthcare heroes as spectators, and we are pleased this time be open for a broader group of fans, with tickets available to buy for this prestigious first race of the season.”

“I am thankful for all the support we receive from across Government in Bahrain and the coordination that makes Bahrain a successful F1 every year. I especially thank The National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus and Ministry of Health in Bahrain for their planning and guidance, which will allow us to offer a safe experience for fans.

“We would urge eligible fans to reserve their tickets now for the best possible seats to witness the first edition of F1 2021.”

F1 is understood to have declined a recent offer from Bahrain to vaccinate all personnel attending pre-season testing the grand prix, with teams expected to respond in the same way.

Speaking last month, new F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali said: "The priority is the most vulnerable. We don't want to jump the line of vaccination."



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