Silverstone hopes of hosting British Grand Prix in the balance

Silverstone’s hopes of hosting British Grand Prix in the balance after Government leaves Formula One off its quarantine exemption list

  • All arrivals into UK from abroad must self-isolate for 14 days from June 8
  • F1 bosses have been in discussions with the highest levels of the UK Government
  • Germany’s Hockenheim could be called up as alternative venue to Silverstone

Hopes of staging a 2020 British Grand Prix hung in the balance on Friday night after the Government left Formula One off its quarantine exemption list.

Although that decision appeared to end any hope of Silverstone hosting its premier event, as well as a second race in late July, talks are ongoing.

A Government source told Sportsmail: ‘A solution can possibly still be reached if there is a will,’ pointing out that there are two months to go before the races are due to be staged.

Hopes of staging a 2020 British Grand Prix at Silverstone hung in the balance on Friday night 

‘We are aware that there are a number of high-profile international sporting events due to take place over the summer. These events are putting in place stringent protocols so that they can operate. We will work with them in the coming weeks and will set out more detail at the next review point.’

But F1 owners Liberty Media want to announce their calendar next week and cannot wait indefinitely, with Germany’s Hockenheim needing to know if it will be called up as an alternative venue.

The policy announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed that arrivals from abroad will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from June 8, with the only exemptions for lorry drivers, medics and fruit pickers. It will be reviewed every three weeks.

This means all the 1,000-plus travelling F1 circus would have to quarantine when they travel back from the opening two rounds in Austria, rendering Silverstone an impossibility.

Germany’s Hockenheim needs to know if it’ll be called up as an alternative venue to Silverstone




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