F1 set to bankroll British Grand Prix to follow season opener in Austria

  • July start may include two Silverstone races without fans
  • French GP cancelled but F1 aims to stage up to 18 races

Formula One Group is likely to provide the financial backing to enable the British Grand Prix to go ahead behind closed doors this year. F1 announced on Monday that the French GP had been cancelled and it would reschedule the start of the 2020 season for Austria on 5 July with the first few races, including Silverstone, not taking place in front of fans.

The Northamptonshire track relies upon the income from racegoers in order to pay for the race. Without it the track would be unable to meet either hosting fees or the expense of putting on the race if it is allowed to take place by the government.

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