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F1 | Silverstone Managing Director hopeful 2021 could see fans return to races

Silverstone Managing Director, Stuart Pringle told BBC Radio 5 Live his almost optimistic view of fan engagement again.

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F1 | Silverstone Managing Director hopeful 2021 could see fans return to races
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Stuart Pringle does not hide the hope that 2021 will bring a shred of normality to the circuits around the world starting from the involvement of the public. As the Managing Director of the Silverstone circuit in Great Britain, Pringle hopes that the mass of motorsport fans, such as Formula 1, will return to rejoice and cheer on the stands.

2020 forced the circuit directors to change the current regulations due to the security measures adopted to counter the coronavirus pandemic that no one could oppose. In fact, the two races held on the Silverstone circuit took place behind closed doors.

Therefore, there is the fear that, like last year, this too could be deprived of the enthusiasm of the fans.

From what Stuart Pringle told BBC Radio 5 Live, his almost optimistic opinion regarding the upcoming season emerged.

"I'm cautiously optimistic, there is a long way to go,

"But the requirements have been clearly set out. There are variables that are within nobody's control, if another variant of concern were to arrive, or if there was a problem with the vaccination roll-out.

"But equally, things have been going well, and I think that people want to get behind an opportunity that gives some light at the end of the tunnel.

"The government is right to point out this is the fourth step, and there are three before, and things could go wrong at every stage.

"So it's by no means certain. It's very difficult as a promoter."

We must not forget that England was the scene of an equally dangerous variant of the virus and that after a year things have "improved" only minimally.

Therefore Pringle stated that the venue is considering adopting measures that can ensure that spectators participate in the event in complete safety, thinking more and more about the use of vaccine passports.

"Those of us who run sports stadia have been talking to the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport about potentially hooking in our electronic ticket apps to the NHS app to find a way of validating your entry ticket, if you have got the correct test result on your NHS app,

"So I think it's absolutely worth exploring, and I think fans would go for it.

"I think fans, if it involves a little bit of effort, or possibly even a bit of cost, the chance to go and see your team, to see your favourite sport, that's something that we'd all consider this summer."

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