No British Grand Prix At Silverstone Without Quarantine Exemptions, Says F1

No British Grand Prix At Silverstone Without Quarantine Exemptions Says F1

Seven of the 10 teams on the Formula One grid have bases in the UK

A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said no decisions on exemptions had yet been reached. However, sources have told RACER that elite sport is unlikely to receive such approval, and even though the government might allow a degree of flexibility after three to four weeks, that would come too late for a race to be held at Silverstone in July and August.

With no sign that F1 personnel would be exempt from the quarantine, it would make the British Grand Prix nearly impossible to hold, given three of the sport's 10 teams, plus tyre supplier Pirelli, are based outside of the UK.

"If all elite sport is to return to TV, then exemptions must be provided".

Formula 1 has said that the British Grand Prix will not go ahead unless there are exemptions from quarantine regulations.

F1's season is on ice as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

They would be replaced by other races in Europe, with the teams returning to the United Kingdom for two weeks before travelling again, until the measures were eased by the British government.

Under the direction of Professor Gerard Saillant, the president of the FIA's medical commission, F1 personnel, limited to a maximum of 80 for each team, will be tested for coronavirus every two days and forced to observe separate dining arrangements.

Interaction with local communities will also be kept to a minimum, with no spectators at races for the remainder of the season. Ten races have so far been postponed or cancelled, but F1 chairman Chase Carey has said he is "increasingly confident" of being able to stage a season of about 16 races starting in July.

The plan is to try to fit in either Canada or Singapore if possible, before races in Azerbaijan and Russian Federation and then on to China and Japan.

Abu Dhabi would then provide the traditional finale in December. For us, it is an option.

"We have two primary challenges: identifying locations where we can hold the race, and determining how we transport all necessary parties and their equipment to that location".

"In terms of sporting and media outcome, it's quite different", he said."We have to try and anticipate that, to know where is the right line beyond which it's impossible to continue".

"They've been very supportive as we work together to identify potential changes ... to enable us to navigate through the potential scenarios, including the remote possibility of no racing in 2020".

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