British Grand Prix: no F1 race without quarantine exemptions

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2020

It intends to run the postponed 2020 Historique on April 23-25, Formula E's E-Prix on May 8, and the Formula 1 Grand Prix on May 20-23.

Formula One could be set for a return to the Hockenheim track in Germany, as doubts continue to grow over the British Grand Prix.

Circuit boss Jorn Teske said a decision is expected imminently, saying: "We are talking with F1, that's correct".

It's understood that F1 now plans to run one or two races on the continent immediately after Austria, so that British personnel stay on the road for up to a month, before returning and entering quarantine before the next trip.

"Let me stress again this is all entirely subject to the government giving it the green light, so that may be a reason why these [races] do not happen".

After the claim by motorsport chief Ross Brawn that the sport can create its own "biosphere", F1 is making detailed plans for the cordon sanitaire that it intends to establish around the first two races in Austria on July 5 and 12.

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The sport's governing body was reportedly eyeing off two races at Silverstone in July and August, but it appears increasingly likely those races will fall by the wayside, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announcing a mandatory 14-day isolation period for incoming travellers.

With British GP talks at a standstill, bosses are instead now hedging their bets with alternative options and have been discussing with German GP organisers to take Silverstone's place.

"So that's another piece of work we've got to do - to name the second race".

Teske also believes that, where Hockenheim has no contract for hosting grands prix, negotiations with Liberty Media will be far simpler than those endured by venues that also face the prospect of racing behind closed doors.

The worst-affected European country, if the infection rate and death toll rises again in the United Kingdom in the coming weeks, F1 would have to abandon its plans altogether because seven of the 10 teams in the sport are based in the country.

Seven of the 10 teams on the grid have bases in England. If we could find another solution for a mid-term agreement we would like to have it but at the moment we are concentrating on this season. "I have high hopes that those solutions will be found".

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