Managing Director of Silverstone, Stuart Pringle, has assured fans that a full refund will be available should the British Grand Prix fail to go ahead as planned for Formula 1 and/or MotoGP.
The ever-growing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has caused massive disruption to the sporting world, forcing events to either be postponed or even cancelled.
F1 has yet to get its 2020 World Championship underway after it was forced to abandon plans to race in Melbourne, Australia after a confirmed case of the virus was detected by a team member during the build-up to the event.
The MotoGP season has also been unable to get started after the premier class canned its race in at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar due to travel restrictions, while further rounds have also been postponed and rescheduled.
On Thursday F1 announced that events in the Netherlands and Spain, planned for May, have been postponed.
Organisers of the Monaco Grand Prix have taken the decision
to cancel the event entirely.
Pringle insisted plans remain in place to host its signature
events in both the F1 and MotoGP World Championships in July and August
“This week, it has
been announced by the sports’ governing bodies that all motorsport has been
suspended in the UK to the end of April 2020 to support the British Government
in its efforts to contain the spread of this virus,” said Pringle.
“Many of you have
booked tickets for our events later this summer including the Formula 1 Pirelli
British Grand Prix and MotoGP and I fully appreciate you want to understand if
these events will take place.
“However, I can
wholeheartedly promise you that everyone at Silverstone, Formula 1 and MotoGP
are doing all they possibly can to ensure we can run these events on their
planned dates in July (F1) and August (MotoGP).
“In fact, as Formula
1’s CEO Chase Carey has stated, Formula 1 and the FIA do not expect to begin
the Championship in Europe until after May although this is regularly being
“I would like to
reassure our fans that, should we be forced to cancel either Grand Prix, all
customers who have purchased a ticket will be given the option of a full refund.
“We will, of course,
continue to keep you updated as the situation in the UK evolves and I would
like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and patience in
what is an extremely difficult time for everyone.”
Formula 1’s first scheduled event is now currently the
Azerbaijan Grand Prix on June 5, while MotoGP is currently set to get underway
in Le Mans, France on May 17.