Silverstone has backed the proposal to use ‘vaccine passports’ and COVID-19 testing in a bid to allow a full capacity crowd to attend this year’s British Grand Prix
The Northamptonshire circuit played host to two Formula 1 races behind closed doors last year, but has spoken of its desire to welcome fans back safely in 2021.
The British Grand Prix is scheduled to take place from July 16-18, one month after the British Government is hopeful of easing all current restrictions.
It revealed a roadmap for how it plans to ease the lockdown restrictions in the coming months, which could see up to 10,000 fans permitted in large outdoor seated venues from May 17.
This could be loosened further from June 21 that would see capacity crowds given the green light to attend all of the UK’s major sporting this summer.
Silverstone has now shown its support for vaccine passports and COVID-19 testing to be offered prior to its events being staged.
It has joined a number of UK sporting bodies, including the Premier League, EFL, Wimbledon and the RFU, in writing to prime minister Boris Johnson and leaders of opposition parties surrounding the matter.
The bodies have reasoned their push to return to larger crowds through the vaccine passport scheme as capping attendances at 25% would “still be insufficient to end sport’s COVID financial crisis”.
“It is right that every possible action is considered to secure this outcome as soon as possible, but only for as long as an unrestricted return is considered unsafe to fans, matchday staff and the wider public,” the letter reads.
“This includes investigating how a COVID certification arrangement could reduce and then safely remove the requirement for social distancing.
“There are many issues to be addressed including how the technology would work and its ease of use at major events, for both the attendees and the organisers.
“All of our sports can see the benefit that a COVID certification process offers in getting more fans safely back to their sport as quickly as possible. We know that our stadia can only be fully filled with an assurance process.
“This process must ensure that everyone can access stadia and must include arrangements that would verify a negative COVID test or an antibody test alongside vaccination certification.
“The final approach must not be discriminatory, should protect privacy, and have clear exit criteria.”