F1 in talks with UK over quarantine measures

Date published: May 11 2020

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Formula 1 bosses are in talks with the United Kingdom over quarantine measures with the sport hoping to race at Silverstone days after leaving Austria.

Formula 1 chief Chase Carey is hoping to get the season underway in July, starting with a double-header at the Red Bull Ring before moving onto Silverstone.

The British track is also expected to host two grands prix.

However, that is dependent on the UK allowing the teams into the country without adhering to a new mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

Announcing the next step in the UK’s plan to combat the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that air travellers into the UK would be forced to self-isolate for a 14-day period upon arrival.

Johnson did not give the full details, just the outline of the plan.

Formula 1, though, is hoping to reach an agreement with the British government.

BBC Sport understands F1 chiefs have been involved in ‘detailed discussion with the government at all levels regarding the testing and isolation plans it will have in place’.

The talks will continue this week with Formula 1 hoping to confirm both the Austrian and British races later this month.

Both grands prix will be run behind closed doors without fans or media with F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn revealing that everyone in the paddock will be tested every two days.

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