COVID-19 Update: Formula 1 Pointing to Silverstone for F1 Doubleheader July 18-1904/20/2020
Formula 1 officials have asked organizers of the F1 British Grand Prix if they would be willing to hold a racing doubleheader the weekend of July 18-19.
And that ask includes a request to host the racing event without fans.
According to Monday’s online edition of The Guardian, the two-race weekend would be part of an ambitious month of July to start the Formula 1 season. One plan would have Formula 1 racing doubleheaders at Austria (July 3-5) and then at Silverstone two weeks later.
The first nine races of the 22-race F1 schedule have either been canceled or postponed. So far, races at Australia and Monaco are the only ones officially canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officially, the next race on the F1 schedule is June 28 in France. While that race has yet to be canceled or postponed, the government in France has that country under stay-at-home orders until at least May 11, and large outdoor gatherings, including major sporting events, are prohibited until at least July 11.
“F1 has been working very hard to try and work out what the solution for the World Championship is,” Silverstone promoter Stuart Pringle told The Guardian. “We have been in regular contact with them and have been asked could we hold a race or two and could they be behind closed doors. The answer is, ‘Absolutely, we are open to looking into anything and everything.’”
Formula 1 is still hopeful for a 19-race season.
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