Belgian Grand Prix organisers have received a green light from the government to host a round of the F1 world championship behind closed doors at Spa on August 30.
The event’s presence on the 2020 calendar was put in doubt by Belgium’s decision to ban all public events until September 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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But according to Belgian broadcaster RTBF, government authorities will permit the race to take place without any spectators, a decision that now allows organisers to engage in discussions with Liberty Media to determine the commercial terms of the event.
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With organisers deprived of ticket sales and vendor concession fees for races held behind closed gates, Liberty is expected to foot the bill for some or all European races that will hopefully take place this summer, while fly-way events would pay a significantly reduced fee.
For now, F1 is still working on an early July start to the season, with a double weekend of racing taking place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria followed by a similar format at Silverstone.