F1 gets two-race Silverstone go-ahead despite quarantine rules

LONDON (AFP) – Silverstone will be allowed to stage back-to-back races in the Formula One (F1) world championship later this summer despite British government plans to introduce a coronavirus quarantine period, reports claimed on Sunday.

The BBC said that people involved in elite sport will be exempted by the government from a requirement on all international travellers to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the United Kingdom.That should allow Silverstone, the long-standing home of the British Grand Prix to host two races, believed to have been pencilled in for August 2 and 9.

“We welcome the government’s efforts to ensure elite sport can continue to operate and their support for our return to racing,” F1 spokesman told the BBC. “We will maintain a close dialogue with them in the coming weeks.”