Silverstone open to hosting multiple races
Silverstone boss, Stuart Pringle, is open to the idea of helping Formula 1 if a revised schedule was to include multiple races at one circuit.
While race organisers are giving themselves until the end of April to make a decision on whether to postpone/cancel the British Grand Prix on July 19, they are keeping other alternative options on the table in the eventuality that a new 2020 season calendar can be fulfilled.
One idea put to Pringle was Silverstone hosting more than one Grand Prix later in the year and that would be possible given that they can be more flexible than other venues such as street circuits.
“All I’ve done is say to Formula 1 we are willing to work with them in any way, shape or form that they think is in the best interests of the championship,” Pringle told Sky Sports F1.
“The majority of the teams are within a stone’s throw of the circuit, so operationally it would be pretty straightforward.
“We’ve got the fixed infrastructure, the staff could go home to their own beds of an evening in large parts, so if that’s how we can help then I’d be delighted to do that.
“We’re a fixed venue. We’re not like a street circuit, we’ve got fixed set-up and infrastructure and we’ve also got an incredibly experienced team, we know what we’re doing, so we can allow ourselves the month of April to make a decision which is sufficient for Formula 1.”
“We could run all the way through [the year] but there’s a reason we run in the British summer which is because it’s the most civilised time of the year.
“It is no coincidence that Wimbledon, the British Grand Prix and The Open golf are sandwiched in a pretty tight window because that’s the best chance of decent weather. We’ll take the four weeks to review whether our July 19th date is suitable or not.”
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