Silverstone has reached an agreement with Formula 1 to host two races behind closed doors in 2020 subject to government approval.

The circuit expressed its interest in holding a British Grand Prix without spectators this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start to the season.

F1 bosses shared plans of how it proposes to get the campaign underway, beginning with a series of races in Europe before travelling to Asia and the Americas and finishing in Abu Dhabi.

The target is for the season to start in Austria on July 5, followed by a second race at the Red Bull Ring the following weekend before the championship heads to Silverstone for grand prix’s on back-to-back weekends.

Liberty Media has been in discussions with Silverstone over commercial terms for the deal, which both parties have now agreed to the conditions.

The schedules dates are likely to be July 26 and August 2 but it remains provisional pending the governments consent, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent announcement of a 14-day quarantine for people entering the UK.

“I am delighted to confirm that Silverstone and F1 have reached an agreement in principle to host two races behind closed doors this summer,” said the Silverstone’s boss Stuart Pringle.

“However these races will be subject to Government approval, as our priority is the safety of all involved and strict compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

“I would like to thank all our fans who have been so supportive throughout this and to assure them we are determined to do all we can to help F1 put on a show this summer.”

Elsewhere, Spa has been given a major boost in its hopes to stage a Belgian Grand Prix after the country’s government gave permission for the track to hold a closed-door event on August 30.