Silverstone has always been a glorious circuit to view an F1 event, with factors like high-speed corners and dynamic weather adding flavor to the race weekend. Above all, stands the fans. The 2019 British Grand Prix witnessed an astonishing attendance of almost 141,000.
And who could ever forget the celebrations that took place following Lewis Hamilton’s race win that season! The homeboy ran along the stands to give his fans high-fives after bringing his Mercedes home in P1.
Although the return of full stands is great news for the F1 fraternity, could this risk the spectators amidst the ongoing pandemic?
Why the British government gave the nod to F1
The Grand Prix takes place on July 18, a day before the British government lifts the coronavirus restrictions. So, considering the difference is a mere 1, the government acknowledged the GP’s request to sport a full-house at Silverstone.
Moreover, there are several requirements that the spectators must abide by if they are to be allowed anywhere near the circuit.
Boom – 140,000 fans will be be in attendance at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix in July
— Unibet (@unibet) June 24, 2021
The rule is that the spectator must have received the second dose at least 14 days prior to the main event. In case the viewer fails to meet the criteria, they must receive a negative test result 48 hours prior to the Grand Prix. This rule implies to the non-vaccinated candidates as well.
Hence, considering the rules that will be set in place, the likelihood of the viewers contracting the virus is quite minimum.
Domenicali elated about the news
This particular news is undeniably great to hear after witnessing rather partially filled stands over almost a year now. And that ends at Silverstone. But what’s more exciting about the news is that Silverstone fans will be the first batch of spectators to witness a sprint race in F1.
Hence, F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, is feeling nothing but delighted for the ardent British fans. “It is fantastic news that Silverstone will be a full capacity event. And it will be an incredible weekend with hundreds of thousands of fans being there to see our first event Sprint event on the Saturday and the main event on Sunday,” he said.
Overall, we can definitely look forward to the weekend at Silverstone, with fans likely to make some noise, carrying us back to the incredible feeling that the sport had before the world fell trap to the pandemic.
Hence, will Silverstone manage a successful record with zero cases in and out of the weekend? Will the British GP decision lead to several other GPs approving full-house race weekends? Well, only time will tell.
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