Tuesday, 14 July, 2020


Silverstone gets go-ahead for two races as F1 prepares for return

Lewis Hamilton in action during the Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg Austria Lewis Hamilton in action during the Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg Austria
Noah Ferguson | 01 June, 2020, 23:52

Formula One is expected to confirm a truncated, eight-race European summer calendar, with two British grands prix marked as provisional in case of an extension to strict United Kingdom quarantine rules.

Currently, there are plans for two races at Silverstone, one on August 2 with the second one-week later on August 9.

Britain will introduce a 14-day self-isolation period for travellers arriving in the country from June 8, and with the F1 season due to start less than a month later there were fears that Silverstone wouldn't be able to host any races.

Despite not gaining an overall blanket exemption, it is understood that the government will now provide flexibility for sports personnel arriving in the United Kingdom providing a detailed plan of travel arrangements and movements within the country is approved.

But the government now appears set to provide an exemption from the measure to F1 teams, meaning the behind-closed-doors events should go ahead.

Austria's health ministry on Saturday gave the green light to two Formula One motor races on July 5 and 12 - the delayed season-openers - to be held without spectators in line with plans aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19. Russian Federation and Azerbaijan are likely to be added to the schedule for late September, due to the lucrative fees both hosts pay, with Singapore dropping off due to the complexity of staging a street race at night behind closed doors.

The F1 season has yet to get underway in 2020 with 10 races either cancelled or postponed.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has listed F1 alongside the likes of football and racing as sports that are "set to return to our screens shortly".

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