British Grand Prix Under Threat Due to Quarantine Laws

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes leading at the start of last year's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. The circuit is lined up to step in for Silverstone should the British track be unable to hold any races

A potential European calendar seen by RACER had races taking place at Silverstone on July 26 and August 2 - with Hockenheim as a back-up - before a round in Hungary on August 9.

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".

Britain's The Sun also reported on Monday night that Oliver Dowden, the United Kingdom secretary state for digital, culture, media and sport, had agreed to back exemptions - but has now been overruled by ministers at the department of health and cabinet office, with only truck drivers and diplomats by-passing the new rules.

"If all elite sport is to return to TV, then exemptions must be provided".

But even these best-laid plans threaten to be thrown into chaos if those travelling with the seven UK-based teams are compelled to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return to the UK.

The Northamptonshire circuit struck a deal with F1 to host two races this summer behind closed doors.

Should the lack of exemption for F1 be confirmed then it would mean that the British GP could not realistically go ahead, with three teams - Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and AlphaTauri - all based outside of the UK.

Silverstone, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of hosting the first world championship race, has been earmarked for two closed-door races following two in Austria in July.

Interaction with local communities will also be kept to a minimum, with no spectators at races for the remainder of the season.

Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle says an agreement in principle has been reached with Formula One to hold the races at the central England circuit, immediately after the season begins in Austria.

The plan is to try to fit in either Canada or Singapore if possible, before races in Azerbaijan and Russian Federation and then on to China and Japan. For us, it is an option.

"We have two primary challenges: identifying locations where we can hold the race, and determining how we transport all necessary parties and their equipment to that location. I hope that we can prevail and find the right solution".

Though he also admitted: "We're actively engaged with lenders of a revolving credit facility".

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