Formula One's hopes of hosting two races at Silverstone this summer have been dealt a huge blow after the Government outlined its strict quarantine measures.
Home Secretary Priti Patel yesterday announced that all arrivals from June 8 must self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival in the UK.
F1 chiefs are desperate to kick off the season in July with back-to-back races in Austria before hosting two showdowns at the home of the British Grand Prix.
The dates being considered for behind-closed-doors races at Silverstone were July 26 and August 2 – but they were waiting on the green light from Boris Johnson.
The sport's supremos were hoping to avoid the quarantine rules after including only a one-week break between the Austria and UK races in their proposed schedule.
But a Silverstone showdown now seems unlikely after the new rules were laid out to the nation yesterday, with F1 personnel denied exemption for now.
The legislation is due to be reviewed after three weeks.
An F1 spokesperson said: "We have been working closely with government on the implications of the policy for Formula 1 and Silverstone.
"Those discussions are ongoing at this time with the aim of finding a solution with safety as our first priority.”
F1 have drawn up a masterplan to make sure races are safe to host without fans – including keeping teams apart, staying in separate hotels and testing them at circuits every two days.
Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle says he "remains optimistic" that F1 can prove their framework is safe and a British GP will take place this summer despite yesterday's blow.
"It's a very complex sport to get going because it's a global championship with a huge logistical tail," Pringle told Sky Sports.
"So Formula 1 does need to know that it can set off on its global travel and be able to come in and out of its home base.
"I am very clear that the importance of the industry is understood by government. I remain very optimistic that they will find a way.
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