Silverstone owners admit British Grand Prix cannot be staged in front of fans

This year’s British Grand Prix will take place without fans after Silverstone’s owners said that a race “under normal conditions is just not going to be possible” because of coronavirus.

Organisers have not yet postponed or cancelled the July 19 event and Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle’s letter to fans who have already bought tickets paves the way for a behind closed doors race.

“I am extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year’s British Grand Prix in front of the fans at Silverstone,” Pringle wrote in a message published on Silverstone’s Twitter account.

Formula One has also announced that the French Grand Prix, due to take place on June 28, has been called off.