Silverstone chief teases plan to host multiple F1 races this season with unique difference

Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle has suggested the British track could potentially host more than one race this year to help complete the F1 calendar for 2020. The F1 season has been put on hold for the time being due to the coronavirus pandemic across the world.

The season-opener in Australia was cancelled at the last minute and seven races have since gone the same way.

That means just 14 races remain on the calendar, although there are plans to potentially extend the season and fit some of the cancelled events later in the year.

However, decisions are still to be made on the Canadian Grand Prix, currently scheduled to take place on June 14.

A month after though is the most popular event from the last two years – the British Grand Prix.

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Silverstone though insist they need to make a decision whether that event will go ahead by the end of April due to the planning that is needed to organise everything.

Given that races take place all over the world, it could be expected that more races will be called off.

But Silverstone chief Pringle has suggested the British track could host several races if need be.

“The majority of the teams are within a stone’s throw of the circuit, so operationally, it would be pretty straightforward [to host multiple races],” he told Sky Sports.

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“We’ve got fixed infrastructure, the staff could go home to their own beds in an evening for the large part.

“If that’s how we can help then I’m very pleased, I’d be delighted to do that. We’ll do whatever’s asked of us.”

Asked if there had been any consideration of running the track in reverse for a different event, Pringle added: “It’s not such a silly thought.

“We’re not licensed to run the other way, but these are extraordinary times, and I guess that extraordinary decisions are being made.

“Nothing’s off the table, but equally, let’s see what the next four weeks look like.

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“It’s difficult for Formula 1, they’re not just looking at what’s going on in Great Britain, they’re looking at what’s going on around the world and how their travel arrangements have to fit in.

“It’s perhaps not such a crazy question.”

And it appears the possibility of Silverstone hosting more than one race this year has gone down well with Lando Norris in particular.

The McLaren driver gave his seal of approval to the idea on Twitter.

“Reverse Silverstone! OMG yessssssssss,” Norris tweeted.

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