Great news as F1 is to resume at Silverstone this summer! This follows the latest government developments which include isolation exemptions for international drivers.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced that: “Live British sport will shortly be back on in safe and carefully controlled environments. This guidance provides the safe framework for sports to resume competitions . . . It’s up to each individual sport to decide exactly when to resume competition; they know their sports best. But football, tennis, horse racing, F1, cricket, golf, rugby, snooker and others are set to return to our screens shortly, with horse racing first out of the gate in the north-east next week.” As you can see, he specifically mentions F1 as an example of sport given the go ahead to resume this month.
With this, two races will be held at Silverstone this summer (exact details to be revealed in due course) with elite drivers who have to travel to the UK to participate being exempt from the two weeks of self-isolation that other travellers into the UK will be subjected to from the 8th of June onwards. As one can imagine, this entry will not be without conditions attached – as drivers and teams who come to the UK will be subject to secure accommodation, regular COVID-19 testing and a strict itinerary to minimise their contact with others as much as possible.
A quick and surprising step in some ways, it signals the welcome start of physical track racing once again at the iconic Silverstone. We here at Sport 21 wish them all well and hope the races go as safely and successful as possible. Hopefully this is the first step towards racing roaring back onto the track – most likely without spectators at first. Either way, the excitement is building as the world slowly emerges from the COVID-19 quarantine.
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