The 2020 Formula 1 season has not started yet since the first round in Melbourne, Australia was cancelled after a McLaren team member tested positive for Covid-19. The Chinese virus has made that a lot of political, sportive, and social events announce their postponement or cancellation. When talking about Formula 1, after a horrible start in Melbourne, the season is meant to begin on July the 5th with the Austrian Grand Prix behind closed doors, the Red Bull Ring would be host of two races and after that, the British Grand Prix would take place, but the UK government has imposed obligatory 14-day quarantine to all the people who is going to enter to the UK. Formula 1 personnel tried to have an exemption, but the UK denied it. The German Grand Prix is set to replace it due to this measures that the UK has taken but Silverstone and the organizers of the British GP have said that they will try to switch to a date in August in order to save the race.
“We’ve got our original dates that we’ve been holding and talking around in mid-to-late July, but actually, we’ve got a degree of flexibility through August as well.” Commented Silverstone managing director, Stuart Pringle, in an interview with Sky Sports F1.
“I don’t think that finding a date for Formula 1 is going to be a problem, or indeed two dates. What we need is the green light from the government, and that will take time. I think Formula 1 as a championship needs that exemption, and needs to understand where it is, because they’ve got to plan.” Stuart expressed regarding the UK quarantine measures.
“In terms of the period, we need to stand the venue up, without fans present, it really is relatively short. There is quite a lot of planning that need to account for the Covid-19 implications, and that’s new, uncharted territory for us. But everything runs out of a fixed infrastructure. We’ve got two permanent paddock blocks, so we’re not talking about putting up too many marquees or fan areas of anything like that.”
“For Silverstone, if we move into August, that might give a little more certainty, but actually, I think it’s probably essential that there’s clarity on the quarantine situation in advance of that.”
Another rumour that has been through social media, is that the Hungarian Grand Prix is also one contender to replace the British GP. Who is more likely to replace it? Will the British GP take place on the original date or is it going to be moved into August?