The British Grand Prix organizers have announced that if this year’s race at the Silverstone circuit, if it goes ahead at all will 5ake place behind closed doors without fans due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.Silverstone Managing Director Stuart Pringle wrote to fans while a statement was released on Monday.
The race will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1HD and Channel 4 in the UK and Ireland.
The statement said:
I am extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year’s British Grand Prix in front of the fans at Silverstone,” said Pringle. “We have left this difficult decision for as long as possible, but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions in the country and the government requirements in place now and for the foreseeable future, that a Grand Prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible.
“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 (in the UK)
Silverstone have told fans who had purchased tickets to the race this year can either apply for a full refund or transfer their tickets to the 2021 race.
The organisers have also announced that they will be providing thousands of tickets for the 2021 event to the NHS and other front line workers who have been working hard in the fight against COVID 19.