While the organisers of the British Grand Prix are optimistic that fans will be able to attend the event in person in July, they have joined the list of governing bodies from other major sports in the UK who are insisting on the use of vaccine passports.
With the two races conducted at Silverstone last year being run behind closed doors, this season's race held the promise of fans returning to circuit. While the target of having fans return to the venue very much remains in place, the use of COVID vaccine passports is an added dynamic that fans will have to consider.
A letter addressed to the Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson, from opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer and other members of parliament, addressed the issue of having fans back at the event.
"Looking ahead to June 21, we support the government’s ambition to secure the full return of fans, without restrictions if possible," the letter said.
"Of necessity, this will depend upon the government agreeing that it is safe to lessen or drop social distancing requirements. It is important that we have certainty as soon as possible on the form this guidance will take so we can plan efficiently and effectively with many big sporting events scheduled for late June and onwards.
"All of our sports can see the benefit that a Covid certification process offers in getting more fans safely back to their sport as quickly as possible. We know that our stadia can only be fully filled with an assurance process.
"This process must ensure that everyone can access stadia and must include arrangements that would verify a negative Covid test or an antibody test alongside vaccination certification."