Category: 2020

13,500 spectators attended the Formula 1 live

The comeback of the Formula 1 at the Nürburgring was also a race of special events and will be remembered for several reasons: First of all, the British Mercedes driver equalled the previous victory record of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher with his 91st Grand Prix success. In addition, 13,500 spectators celebrated a great motorsport festival at the "Formula 1 Aramco Eifel Grand Prix" despite difficult corona conditions, and in the very last lap Max Verstappen set a new lap record at the Nürburgring with 1:28,139. The spectators went home accordingly satisfied after the sunny race day.

It was particularly emotional after the race: To the applause of the visitors, Schumacher's son Mick gave the reigning world champion Hamilton his father's helmet. "Setting Michael Schumacher's record and then also here at the Nürburgring means an incredible amount to me," said Hamilton. "He is my idol from my youth." The second place was won by Red Bull star Max Verstappen, who visibly enjoyed the race weekend in the Eifel: "The Nürburgring is a great circuit and I was really looking forward to driving here. I had unbelievable fun and in the end even the fastest lap of the race".

The approximately 13,500 spectators had just as much fun watching an exciting race on the grandstands – in compliance with the hygiene rules developed by the Nürburgring. Although the Nürburgring had sold a total of 15,000 tickets, more than 3,000 ticket holders came from risk areas abroad or from areas in Germany with a 7-days incidence more than 30. All these tickets had to be blocked first. With enormous effort, for example by negative corona tests, the Nürburgring was able to make it possible for about 1,500 fans to attend the race after all. "We are really very satisfied", Nürburgring CEO Mirco Markfort summarises the weekend. "When you consider that we only had ten weeks to prepare the weekend and only about two weeks to sell the tickets, this is a great success. My thanks go out to all those involved who made this possible and especially to our entire Nürburgring team".

Also this weekend, the public order offices and the public health department had comprehensively controlled the adherence to the spectator concept. The behaviour of the spectators – whether at the ticket entrance, on the grandstand or at the snack stand – was considered exemplary by the authorities. "A concept is only as good as those who are willing to adhere to it. Our visitors deserve a big thank you," said Mirco Markfort.