Despite both parties initial agreement to stage two Grand Prix races in Silverstone, there might be a setback as first feared.
The British Grand Prix might not hold if personnel’s are not exempted from quarantine plans on international travellers says Formula 1.
The British government is set to impose a quarantine rule that will see all arrivals from outside the United Kingdom self-isolate for 14 days. This has not go down well with F1 officials and possibly see a cancellation of the Silverstone race.
An F1 spokesman said: “A 14-day quarantine would make it impossible to have a British Grand Prix this year. Additionally, it has a major impact on literally tens of thousands of jobs linked to F1 and supply chains.”
A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said no decisions on exemptions had yet been reached.
Meanwhile, F1 has also drawn up safe measures and protocols in ensuring its races are coronavirus safe as much as possible.
Part of plans will see teams been kept apart from each other at the tracks and allowed to stay in separate hotels to which they will be driven in buses.
Also, all personnel would be tested before travelling and every two days while at the races.
With the measures properly in place, the F1 spokesman doesn’t see the reason why personnel should be self isolated for 14 days.
“We would be travelling back to the UK on F1 only occupied aircraft and all staff would be tested, making a quarantine totally unnecessary.
“If all elite sport is to return to TV, then exemptions must be provided.”
With 10 races of 2020 Formula 1 postponed or cancelled, the F1 has sets it sight on starting the season in Austria by July 5.