British Grand Prix fans have been warned by the police not to try and gain access to Silverstone next August as their presence could undermine the organization of both F1 races hosted by the British track.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, F1 will race behind closed gates at Silverstone on August 2 and on the following weekend, and if fans converge to the venue and attempt to gather outside the circuit, it could lead to an outright cancellation of the events.
“The event organisers have put strict and robust measures in place to minimise the risk of infection and to protect the race personnel, event staff and the local community,” said the Northamptonshire Police in a statement released on Monday.
“Any uncontrolled gathering of people in the area would not only compromise the event but the entire Formula 1 season.”
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The event’s commander, Superintendent Dennis Murray, insisted there would be no possibility for fans to watch the action the track’s perimeters.
“I am urging fans to enjoy these events from home as it will not be permissible, or in fact possible, to spectate from the perimeter fences,” he said.
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“Anybody attempting to do so will be turned away by Silverstone security who will be tightly controlling these areas, or my officers.
“Though the races are being held behind closed doors, the security measures we are putting in place will be as stringent as ever.
“We are working alongside the circuit to deliver two safe events for both the participants, their teams and our local communities.”
Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle echoed the police’s warning.
“British Formula 1 fans are the most passionate in the world,” added Pringle. “But we ask that they do not attempt to travel to the Silverstone area over these first two weekends in August.
“2020 is unique and so many sacrifices have already been made by so many, however, as a motorsport community, we must work together to avoid compromising the Formula 1 season and to help Silverstone protect its neighbours.”
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