British Grand Prix going ahead without spectators is "not a given"

Ruben Hill
May 5, 2020

Formula 1's season starting with two consecutive races in Austria is a very attractive proposition, according to managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn.

"So there's a whole heap of work and it's having to be done now by an very bad lot less people that would normally do it and I'm becoming quite familiar with the wee small hours of the morning to try to get through the through the volume".

The Austrian Grand Prix, now set to be the first race of the coronavirus-hit Formula One world championship, will only be given the green light on condition it is raced behind closed doors.

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"One is obviously to excite the fans, who have all been frustrated by the delays".

"I'm very clear we can not be any sort of burden or the slightest impact on that".

"One of the logistical challenges is getting everyone tested and cleared to enter the racing environment", said Brawn.

"It's important for us to try and get the season going".

"We don't actually know whether or not we have a race behind closed doors - I need to be clear on that", Pringle told the BBC.

"It's also pretty challenging to find the right sort of races early on where we can control the environment well enough to ensure the safety of everyone".

'Austria fits that bill very well. It has a local airport right next to the circuit, where people can charter planes into. For instance, there would be no motorhomes but there would be a full catering facility laid on that the circuit has. We can basically contain everyone within that environment. "But it's a very important livelihood for thousands of people, it's another reason for trying to kick-start the season".

Spain and Hungary are possible next venues.

Silverstone is keen to help the sport back on track but announced this week any race could only go ahead without spectators.

Hungarian GP officials on Friday announced the same closed-doors scenario for their race in Budapest, now scheduled for August 2, after the government banned any event involving more than 500 spectators until August 15.

Brawn added: "It's been months now of working on the best reaction we can have to this bad pandemic, the best reaction the sport and business can have".

There have been more than a few eyebrows raised by the potential of grand prix racing returning while most of Europe remains in lockdown and, while again relaying his desire to get things moving, Brawn insisted that this can only happen when it is safe to do so.

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