The first 10 rounds of the 2020 Formula 1 championship have so far been either postponed or canceled, with F1 targeting a season restart in Austria on July 5. Silverstone’s original race date was July 19, and while that could still change, the circuit’s managing director Stuart Pringle has written to fans to say they will not be allowed to attend.
“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.
“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.”
The British Grand Prix has regularly been the best-attended race on the calendar, with more than 350,000 attending last year’s event over the three days at Silverstone. Fans who bought tickets for this year’s race will be able to apply for a refund or transfer their booking to the 2021 race.