Silverstone boss 'doing everything possible' to run British GP in July
Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle claims the circuit 'are doing all they possibly can' to ensure the British Grand Prix runs on July 19.
The British government is expecting little change in the coronavirus situation for the next 12 weeks, and with the British Grand Prix only 17 weeks away, Pringle has moved fast to reassure fans about the possibility of the race going ahead.
In an open letter to fans with tickets to attend the race, Pringle stressed the coronavirus pandemic is a continuously evolving situation and that a decision to run the event may be taken out of his hands.
"I am writing to you, one of our many valued customers, to give an update on where we stand with our forthcoming events at Silverstone as the country continues to battle against the Coronavirus," wrote Pringle.
"This week, it has been announced by the sports’ governing bodies that all motorsport has been suspended in the UK to the end of April 2020 to support the British Government in its efforts to contain the spread of this virus.
"Many of you have booked tickets for our events later this summer including the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix and MotoGP and I fully appreciate you want to understand if these events will take place.
"The truth is, like so many other international sporting events scheduled to take place around the world, we cannot predict what the situation will be by the time we get to the summer months. However, I can wholeheartedly promise you that everyone at Silverstone, Formula 1 and MotoGP are doing all they possibly can to ensure we can run these events on their planned dates in July (F1) and August (MotoGP).
"In fact, as Formula 1’s CEO Chase Carey has stated, Formula 1 and the FIA do not expect to begin the Championship in Europe until after May although this is regularly being reviewed.
"I would like to reassure our fans that, should we be forced to cancel either Grand Prix, all customers who have purchased a ticket will be given the option of a full refund.
"We will, of course, continue to keep you updated as the situation in the UK evolves and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and patience in what is an extremely difficult time for everyone.
"Most importantly, I do hope you and your family members are safe at this worrying time."
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