Organisers of the British Grand Prix have confirmed that any Formula 1 event that is allowed to take place at the circuit in 2020 will be held behind closed doors.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused seven of the
opening nine grands prix to be postponed, with Australia and Monaco cancelled
Further events are expected to be abandoned while any rounds
that can be held during the summer months are set to take place without fans.
In recent years the British Grand Prix has been among the
best-attended events but any round that can be held in 2020 will do so without spectators.
Ticket holders can apply for a refund or transfer the ticket until the 2021 event, and will be contacted within the next two weeks.
“As promised I am writing to let you know the latest
regarding the 2020 British Grand Prix,” Silverstone Managing Director Stuart
Pringle wrote in a letter to fans on Monday.
“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 as
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
“Our obligations to protects 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.
“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 new 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 British Grand Prix will be available to watch
live on Sky and Channel 4.”
Formula 1 is working on a proposal to begin the 2020
campaign in Austria followed by a round in Britain, with multiple races likely
at the respective venues.
It is hoped that the season can get underway in July.
Teams will bring only essential personnel while guests, VIPs
and media personnel will not be permitted access to the event in order to
In order to travel teams and personnel will need the
approval of respective governments and to return a negative test for COVID-19.