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British Grand Prix 2021

Silverstone boss hopeful fans can return for the 2021 F1 Grand Prix

The managing director of the Silverstone racetrack is optimistic about fans returning to the venue for the F1 race in 2021.

The managing director of Silverstone is hopeful that fans will be able to return to the British track after the venue hosted two Grand Prix last year under closed doors.

With the coronavirus pandemic still causing disruptions around the world, many fear that this Formula 1 season, like the last, will go ahead without the presence of fans across several of the race tracks. The managing director of Silverstone, Stuart Pringle, is optimistic that fans could possibly return to the venue for the Grand Prix this year.

"I'm cautiously optimistic, there is a long way to go," Pringle told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"But the requirements have been clearly set out. There are variables that are within nobody's control, if another variant of concern were to arrive, or if there was a problem with the vaccination roll-out.

"But equally, things have been going well, and I think that people want to get behind an opportunity that gives some light at the end of the tunnel.

"The government is right to point out this is the fourth step, and there are three [before], and things could go wrong at every stage.

"So it's by no means certain. It's very difficult as a promoter."

Pringle also said the venue was considering several avenues to ensure that fans are able to return to the racetrack safely. With the use of vaccine passports something he is strongly considering.

"Those of us who run sports stadia have been talking to the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport about potentially hooking in our electronic ticket apps to the NHS app to find a way of validating your entry ticket, if you have got the correct test result on your NHS app, Pringle explained.

"So I think it's absolutely worth exploring, and I think fans would go for it.

"I think fans, if it involves a little bit of effort, or possibly even a bit of cost, the chance to go and see your team, to see your favourite sport, that's something that we'd all consider this summer."


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