Following cricket’s return in the country with England hosting West Indies for a three-test match this summer, another elite sports F1 is all set to return amid the coronavirus.
According to a report by BBC Sports, Formula 1 has been given the go-ahead by the UK government to hold two races at Silverstone this summer. The Formula 1 authorities will have to submit a detailed plan of their movement and activities.
Government’s efforts welcomed
According to the BBC Sports report, people involved with the sports welcomed the move and said they will maintain a close dialogue with the government in coming weeks to get things more clear.
“We welcome the government’s efforts to ensure elite sport can continue to operate and their support for our return to racing.We will maintain a close dialogue with them in the coming weeks as we prepare to start our season in the first week of July,” BBC Sports quoted an F1 spokesperson as saying.
Races will be held behind closed doors
The report further noted that F1 officials have been working on extensive plans to ensure safety of the races and individual associated with it.
While the races will be held behind closed doors and teams will operate with minimum number of staffs, individuals will be tested before travelling to ensure they are virus-free, flown on charter jets and tested every couple of days while at the events.
Notably, F1 seems assured to reschedule the European part of 2020 season early this week, with plans to start the campaign with two races in Austria on 5 and 12 July, followed by a third in Hungary on 19 July.
The Silverstone events would follow in early August, before – it is believed – further races in Spain, Belgium and Italy.