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Fans warned to stay away from Silverstone races

Northamptonshire police have warned fans to stay away from the Silverstone circuit when it hosts a double header next month.

Formula 1 will go racing in July, starting with two races at the Red Bull Ring before moving onto Hungary and then Britain.

All the grands prix will be behind closed doors with not a single fan permitted to enter the circuit.

As such Northamptonshire police have told fans wanting to catch a glimpse of their favourite drivers to stay away.

In a statement issued by police read: “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.

“Any uncontrolled gathering of people in the area would not only compromise the event but the entire Formula 1 season.”

Event’s commander Superintendent Dennis Murray warned fans they will be turned away by either track security or the local police.

“We completely understand fans may be tempted to be close to the circuit for the races but unfortunately that will not be possible this year and access to the local area will be extremely restricted,” he said.

“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.

“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 will host the British Grand Prix on August 2 and the 70th Anniversary GP a week later.

Silverstone circuit boss Stuart Pringle echoed the call from the police.

“The British Formula 1 fans are the most passionate in the world but we ask that they do not attempt to travel to the Silverstone area over these first two weekends in August,” he said.

“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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Police warns fans to stay away from Silverstone

Fans have been warned by the police to stay away from Silverstone when it hosts its two Formula 1 races in August, as their presence could jeopardise the events going ahead.

With F1 beginning its season with closed door events that spectators are banned from, there are concerns that supporters may still try to get close to venues to watch the action from nearby vantage points.

Ahead of Silverstone hosting the British GP on August 2 and the 70th Anniversary GP the following weekend, local police have made it clear that any such gathering at the venue by fans will not be tolerated and could force the events to be called off.

In a statement issued by the Northamptonshire Police, it warned: “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.

“Any uncontrolled gathering of people in the area would not only compromise the event but the entire Formula 1 season.”

British GP boss Stuart Pringle, who has worked hard with F1 chiefs to get the two Silverstone events to go ahead, backed up the police’s request for fans to stay away.

“The British Formula 1 fans are the most passionate in the world but we ask that they do not attempt to travel to the Silverstone area over these first two weekends in August,” he said.

“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.”

Event commander Superintendent Dennis Murray added that there would be tight controls around the circuit and any fans trying to get near the track would be turned away.

“We completely understand fans may be tempted to be close to the circuit for the races but unfortunately that will not be possible this year and access to the local area will be extremely restricted,” he said.

“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. 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.”

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F1 fans can buy a spot on this year's chequered flags

Formula 1 is taking a rather unusual step to race money for its #WeRaceAsOne initiative by selling squares on this year’s chequered flags.

Earlier this week the sport announced a new #WeRaceAsOne campaign, aimed at tackling the biggest issues facing Formula 1 – Covid-19 and racism.

The campaign includes a rainbow logo which will appear on each F1 car to pay tribute to key workers and all those who have been severely affected by coronavirus.

Added to that F1 pledged that it will do more to tackle the issue of racism, which has made headlines in the motor racing world in recent weeks.

F1 chief Chase Carey said: “We will show our full support in fighting inequality throughout the weekend and accelerate our own efforts to make Formula 1 more diverse and inclusive.”

To help raise money for the initiative, Formula 1 is selling the squares on this year’s chequered flags.

‘In support of the #WeRaceAsOne initiative, launched earlier this week by Formula 1 with the goal of tackling the largest issues facing the sport, including inequality and the challenge posed by COVID-19, fans will be able to purchase one of 56 squares on the chequered flag at each race, with their name printed in their own individual square – while the other 24 squares will be allotted to the promoter of each race to pass on to their own fans and guests,’ read a statement on the official F1 website.

‘Once the race is over, fans will then receive their square mounted and framed, along with an image of the flag in action and a hologram to guarantee authenticity.’

Fans can purchase their spot on the Austrian Grand Prix flag by heading this way.

The 2020 Formula 1 season will kick off on July 5 with the Austrian Grand Prix before staying at the Red Bull Ring for a double header.

To date only eight grands prix have been confirmed.

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