Formula 1 will race behind closed doors at British Grand Prix if the event can go ahead, Silverstone bosses have confirmed.
With the first nine Formula one races having already been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Formula 1 has been looking at holding the first race of the season in the summer, with the Austrian Grand Prix and British Grand Prix the most likely candidates to hold the opening round.
Although there is no confirmation that the British Grand Prix will definitely go ahead, Silverstone Circuit Managing Director, Stuart Pringle has confirmed that if it does happen, it will be held behind closed doors.
In an open letter to fans, Pringle said: “I am extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year’s British Grand Prix in front of the fans at Silverstone.
“We have left this difficult decision for as long possible, but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions in the country and the Government requirements in place now and for the foreseeable future, that a Grand Prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible.
“Our obligations to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in preparing and delivering the event, our volunteer marshals and Race makers, and of course, you, the amazing fans, means that this is the best, safest and only decision we could make.”
Pringle also confirmed that if the race does go ahead, although fans will not be able to be at the circuit to watch the race, they will be able to watch it live on Sky Sports and Channel 4.
“We have consistently said that should we find ourselves in this position we will support Formula 1 as they seek to find alternative ways to enable F1 racing to take place this year.
“Following this weekend’s news from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport we are now working with them on the viability of an event behind closed doors.
“Should this be possible, it will be of some small comfort for you to know that the 2020 Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix will be available to watch live on Sky and Channel 4.”
Pringle also added that fans who have already booked a ticket for the British Grand Prix will be contacted in the next two weeks and will have the option of transferring their ticket to 2021 or will have the opportunity to obtain a full refund.