Britain to host TWO Formula One races in a season for the first time in 27 YEARS… with one of the events held at Silverstone potentially being named after Sir Stirling Moss
- Silverstone will host two grands prix behind closed doors as F1 prepares return
- First 10 races of the season have been postponed or cancelled amid coronavirus
- The British Grand Prix will take place on July 19 as scheduled at the circuit
- But F1 is set to return two weeks later for what could be the ‘Silverstone GP’
- However, there are calls for it to be named after racing legend Sir Stirling Moss
- British star of the 1950s, Moss sadly passed away earlier in April at the age of 90
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Formula One will launch the season in Austria on the first weekend of July, and the British Grand Prix is likely to be held on July 19 behind closed doors.
Silverstone will host two races, the second almost certainly on August 2.
Although the ‘Silverstone Grand Prix’ is a suggested title for this additional event, there is support for naming it after Sir Stirling Moss, who died earlier in April.
Silverstone is set to host two races in 2020 as F1 nears a return amid the coronavirus outbreak
Silverstone will refund those who bought tickets for the British GP or hold the bookings over to next year.
Stuart Pringle, Silverstone’s managing director, said: ‘I can also confirm we intend to give away thousands of tickets for the 2021 event to NHS and other key workers.’
The news comes following the postponement of the French Grand Prix in June, with the country having a nationwide ban on mass gatherings, impacting the event at Paul Ricard.
British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss sadly passed away in April at the age of 90
Should Silverstone host two races this term, it will be the first time Britain has held two grands prix in a season since 1993.
Back then the British Grand Prix was at Silverstone and it came three months following the famous European Grand Prix held at Donington, where Ayrton Senna took a dominant victory for McLaren in the wet in what is widely regarded as one of the sport’s all-time greatest drives.
With 10 of the season’s 22 races already postponed or cancelled, F1 chief Chase Carey has admitted he is looking for ways to finalise a 15-18 calendar, claiming: ‘We will publish our finalised calendar as soon as we possibly can.’
Ayrton Senna (right) celebrates with Damon Hill on the podium after taking victory at the famous European Grand Prix in 1993 held at Donington
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