Silverstone’s Managing Director Stuart Pringle says the British
Grand Prix venue is open to “anything and everything” if it can help with the
staging of the 2020 Formula 1 season.
All Formula 1 events until late June have been either
postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, placing a question mark
over whether the 2020 campaign will be able to take place.
France is the first scheduled event, though last week its
government extended a ban on major gatherings, with Austria due to be the
second round in early July.
Leading summer events in Britain – such as Wimbledon, Royal
Ascot and the Glastonbury Festival – have already been cancelled, but the
Formula 1 grand prix remains scheduled for July 19.
Formula 1 has previously indicated that it still believes a
calendar composed of 15-18 races is still realistic for 2020.
“We have discussed all sorts of permutations including
hosting two races over one weekend and two races over consecutive weekends,”
Pringle is quoted by The Guardian.
“I have complete confidence in our ability to put on these
events. We have a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, we can turn that on
“F1 has been working very hard to try and work out what the
solution for the world championship is.
“We have been in regular contact with them, and have been
asked could we hold a race or two and could they be behind closed doors.
“The answer is absolutely, we are open to looking into
anything and everything.”
Pringle nonetheless cautioned that Formula 1 and motorsport
in general should only resume in line with any government advice.
“It’s important any discussion of a return to racing is
appropriate,” he said.
“Otherwise we risk being a distraction to the main message
which is stay at home and we don’t want to do that.”