Silverstone says it has set a deadline of the end of April
to decide whether or not this year’s British Grand Prix can go ahead as
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has affected sporting
schedules across the world, with Formula 1 events up until mid-June’s Canadian
Grand Prix either postponed or cancelled.
Organisers in Montreal are due to make a call on its event within
the next 10 days, having imposed an Easter deadline.
Silverstone, in line with Motorsport UK’s directive, is
closed for events until June 30, three weeks before the British Grand Prix is
due to take place.
Other major sporting events in the summer have been postponed – most prominently EURO 2020 and the Olympics – while organisers of the Wimbledon Championship are convening today (Wednesday) to discuss its likely cancellation.
and Formula 1 remain in close dialogue regarding the ongoing situation and are
assessing the feasibility of holding the British Grand Prix on 17th – 19th July,”
read an updated statement issued on Wednesday.
fully appreciate that other UK sporting events in July have taken decisions
regarding their events, but it is important to highlight that their logistics
and sporting arrangements differ from Silverstone’s and, therefore, our
timeline gives us until the end of April to make a final decision.
“The safety of our fans, colleagues and the F1 community will be our priority and we will continue to engage with the appropriate authorities.”
Silverstone has already confirmed that tickets will be refunded, or remain valid, in the event of a postponement or cancellation.
1 remains optimistic that a calendar of between 15 and 18 events can be
arranged for 2020, with the possibility of extending the campaign into early
sport has already reacted by delaying proposed new regulations until 2022 – in turn
retaining the current chassis for 2021 – while the budget cap will remain in