Silverstone offering free tickets to key workers
Silverstone are giving away 10,000 free tickets this year as a reward for key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Working alongside Blue Light Tickets, the sister company of the Blue Light Card scheme, Silverstone are offering a show of thanks to those who work in the NHS, emergency services, armed forces and social care sectors.
The Blue Light Card scheme has over two million holders who will be eligible to enter into the draw, which will distribute tickets for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix in July as well as the MotoGP and the Silverstone Classic.
Quoted by Motorsport Week, Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle said: “Working with Blue Light Card gives us the reassurance our tickets will reach those we are all so indebted to and we hope as many as possible can join us this summer to experience live motorsport, something we have all missed over the past 12 months.
“The last year has been a challenge for everyone but particularly for those working on the front line, putting their lives at risk, to keep our country and population safe under very difficult circumstances.
“I hope this gesture goes some way to demonstrating to this community that their work is very much appreciated.”
The tickets are being spread out across the three different events with the first ballot, for the British GP, already open and will remain so until May 25.
Due to the pandemic, supporters were not able to attend either race which took place at Silverstone last year, but Pringle revealed in February there is every chance the race can be attended at a full capacity of 140,000.
Of those tickets, 3,500 will be available for key workers with 2,200 being issued for Friday, 1,000 for Saturday and 300 will be reserved for race day.
Those at Silverstone look likely to see one of the ‘Sprint Qualifying’ races, with Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali confirming they plan to host the new event there as part of the trials across the season.
Of the remaining tickets, 3,000 will then go towards the Silverstone Classic, while the final 3,500 will be spread across the MotoGP weekend at the end of August.
The closure dates for those ballots are later than the British GP, with the Classic closing on June 27 and MotoGP on July 25.
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