A deal has been struck between Formula 1 and British grand prix hosts Silverstone to host two races as the motorsport body looks for circuits that can host races to enable it to have the season start.
Owners of the British Racing Drivers’ Club and F1 had been far apart in their assessments of an appropriate fee for the track to host the events. But a compromise agreement has now been reached after negotiations this week.
However, a new threat to the races has emerged in the UK government’s plans to impose a two-week quarantine for all international arrivals. Earlier in the week, there had been discussions to give leeway for sports personnel involved in mainly F1 and Champions League to be excused from the 14 days of quarantine but rather rigorous testing be carried out.
Silverstone to Host two Races for British Grand Prix
Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle said: “I am delighted to confirm that Silverstone and Formula 1 have reached an agreement in principle to host two races behind closed doors this summer. However, these races will be subject to government approval, as our priority is the safety of all involved and strict compliance with Covid-19 regulations.”
“I would like to thank all our fans who have been so supportive throughout this and to assure them we are determined to do all we can to help Formula 1 put on a show this summer.”
An F1 spokesman said: “We are continuing to have conversations with Silverstone and other promoters regarding a revised 2020 calendar.”
F1 is trying to secure an exemption for its staff from a new rule that international travellers must go into a 14-day self-isolation period upon returning to the UK.
The government has not defined when that will come into force, saying only that it will be “soon”, but if it is imposed without exemptions it threatens the return of all elite international sport this summer.
The issue for F1 is that seven of the 10 teams have bases in the UK. And beyond the problems of staff travelling internationally from race to race, the cars have to return to their factories periodically in between races, especially if they are involved in accidents.
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