McLaren’s Lando Norris describing the presence of followers at Formula One races as “half a step back to the way it should be”.
- Last Updated: September 27, 2020, 12:20 PM IST
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Formula One welcomed spectators in higher numbers than seen up to now in a COVID-19 hit season on the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday, with McLaren’s Lando Norris describing their presence as “half a step back to the way it should be”.
Organisers, who’ve talked of attracting a 30,000 robust crowd for Sunday’s race in Sochi, have declared the tickets bought out.
They mentioned some 5,000 had attended on Thursday, when there was no observe motion on the Olympic Park circuit and the same old pit lane stroll was performed nearly with followers watching on massive screens.
“I’ve missed the fans so much through the year. I can’t tell you how great it is to see people,” six instances world champion Lewis Hamilton instructed reporters after securing pole place for Mercedes.
“I hope everyone has their mask on and staying safe,” added the Briton.
Norris mentioned it was nonetheless a great distance from the previous regular.
“We don’t have any of the meet and greets, we’re not up close with the fans like we were last year and signing autographs and pictures on the way in through the gates,” he mentioned.
“It’s still quite different. But I guess just looking out of your pit box and seeing the fans on the grandstand and hearing the cheering and the claps when Lewis was just on pole, it just feels more normal and more like back to how it should be.
“It’s like half a step back to the way it should be.”
The first race to permit followers to attend in restricted numbers was the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello in Italy two weeks in the past.
The Ferrari-owned observe allowed 2,880 paying followers to attend every day.
The season’s first eight races have been held behind closed doorways.