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Silverstone open to holding 'multiple Grands Prix'

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02/04/2020

As F1 bosses seek a way in which they can cram 15 - 18 races into an ever dwindling timeline, it has been suggested that some race venues could host more than one race.

With it likely that a number of races on a revised schedule might need to take place behind closed doors - as was the intention with the Bahrain Grand Prix - the venue - at least in terms of travelling fans wouldn't be of importance. On the other hand, it would be somewhat unfair to host multiple races on tracks that favour one particular chassis.

While the sporting regulations allow for a world championship of just 8 races, anything less than 15 would see broadcasters hitting the sport right where it hurts... in the pocket, likewise team sponsors.

One of the circuits being mooted as a potential host of multiple races is Silverstone, and organizers there are certainly up for the idea.

"All I've done is say to Formula 1 we are willing to work with them in any way, shape or form that they think is in the best interests of the championship," Silverstone MD, Stuart Pringle told Sky Sports.

"The majority of the teams are within a stone's throw of the circuit, so operationally it would be pretty straightforward," he added. "We've got the fixed infrastructure, the staff could go home to their own beds of an evening in large parts, so if that's how we can help then I'd be delighted to do that."

One way to spice things up were Silverstone to host a number of races, would be to use an alternative layout or even run a race counter-clockwise on the track as opposed to the traditional clockwise layout.

"It's not such a silly thought," said Pringle. "We're not licensed to run the other way, but these are extraordinary times, and I guess that extraordinary decisions are being made. Nothing's off the table, but equally, let's see what the next four weeks look like.

"It's difficult for Formula 1, they're not just looking at what's going on in Great Britain, they're looking at what's going on around the world and how their travel arrangements have to fit in. It's perhaps not such a crazy question."

Though a decision on this year's British Grand Prix is not due until the end of the month, Pringle insists that it would be possible to race at the Northamptonshire track as late as September.

"If you can play cricket, you can have a motor racing event," he said, referring to the fact that the County Cricket season runs into late September.

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1. Posted by Editor, 03/04/2020 21:51

"@ Superbird70

For God's sake man (he/she/they/them/all)... don't go giving Chase and Ross bloody ideas!!!"

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2. Posted by Superbird70, 03/04/2020 21:07

"If you have qualifying on Friday, you can have a clockwise race Saturday morning, a night race Saturday evening, and anticlockwise race Sunday morning, and have Bernie with the water cannons in the afternoon for a wet race. Find 3 more European venues to do the same and the season is saved. Do this back to back to back to back and you can do the whole season in one month. "

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3. Posted by yakker, 03/04/2020 12:47

"Running the race anti-clockwise would be interesting, do it."

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4. Posted by Nick420, 03/04/2020 11:44

"what a fantastic idea, with a lot of the teams being based in the area it makes perfect sense and generate some much need income for silverstone as a circuit too"

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5. Posted by Anthony, 02/04/2020 17:23

"I like this idea. It would also help to reduce the costs for the teams if european circuits such as Silverstone formed the core of the 2020 championship. "

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