Daniil Kvyat says he is confident the Russian Grand Prix organisers have taken the correct steps by allowing the largest contingent of spectators seen at a race so far this year.
This weekend 30,000 fans are being permitted to attend the race at Sochi Autodrom, which is a significant rise. But Kvyat, who is starting his sixth home race this weekend, backed the decision to allow more spectators in.
“We’ve been doing a lot of races already until this point and we mildly started to introduce spectators already from Mugello,” he said. “Of course Formula 1 and the FIA are closely monitoring the situation. All the rules are very tight here. The paddock rules are also very, very careful.
“I’m pretty sure everyone who thought about this idea, they thought very well about all the Covid restrictions and the safety for all of us. So I’m sure we will be able to enjoy a trouble-free race in that respect.”
Formula 1 has put strict rules in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 infections being introduced into the paddock. Those allowed in must produce negative tests for the virus every five days. Today Formula 1 presenter Will Buxton confirmed he will not be present in Sochi after testing positive for Covid-19.
Some countries, such as Britain and Germany, currently advise their citizens not to visit Russia. However Sebastian Vettel has travelled to the country for this weekend’s race.
“It’s a tricky one,” said Vettel when asked about his decision to travel. “I think we have to obviously trust the organisers here and the FIA and FOM to look after us. So not that much more that I want to say.”
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