After MotoGP Confirms Full Capacity for Austria, Could Red Bull F1 Race in Front of Home Fans?

Published 06/10/2021, 12:01 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


In a spot of good news for motorsport fans, the Red Bull Ring is opening its doors to fans for the MotoGP race. The best part is that the circuit authorities are opening the doors for a full capacity crowd.

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As per reports, spectator restrictions have been lifted at all sporting events in Austria. So the big question is, what does this mean for Formula One and Red Bull in particular?

The only restrictions are that only people who have been vaccinated will be allowed to attend. It is also worth noting that the Austria rounds will be a double-header since Finland dropped out of the calendar.

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On a similar vein, Formula One is also hosting a double-header in Austria. This is because the French Grand Prix was brought forward by a week.

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A statement read, “Dorna Sports is delighted to confirm that both the Michelin Grand Prix of Styria and the Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich will welcome fans back to the grandstands in 2021.

“Spectator restrictions are being lifted at sporting events in Austria this summer, and the gates of the Red Bull Ring will therefore be open to MotoGP fans who are either vaccinated, tested or recovered from COVID-19.”

Can Red Bull win the Austrian Grand Prix?

In theory, the home team should have the advantage. Additionally, the Austrian team has won twice at the track, to the delight of fans.

Furthermore, they have been on a roll in the last two races. Especially with Max Verstappen winning in Monaco and Sergio Perez winning in Azerbaijan.

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LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 leads Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy driving the (99) Alfa Romeo Racing C38 Ferrari on track during the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 23, 2019 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Considering that the MotoGP race will probably have a full capacity crowd, will the F1 races be the same? Furthermore, will this mean that Red Bull can finally have a race in front of home fans?

The big question now is, can Red Bull win or will Mercedes get over their two-race slump and fight back?

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