Weekend of Gov exemptions (Cummings), Johnson gives Silverstone green light

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is reported to have asked his ministers to apply a quarantine exemption for F1.

F1 had hoped to be able to obtain an exemption but that proved futile last Friday. Everyone, including the sporting organisations, was affected by the quarantine measures. Hope now rests on the assessments that will take place every three weeks.

According to an article in the Times on Monday evening, Johnson is reportedly keen to help Formula One hold its two races at Silverstone. Boris Johnson has asked his ministers to do everything possible to ensure that the races can take place.


As previously indicated, a 14-day quarantine for arrivals in the United Kingdom is expected to come into force on the 8th of June, with a list of exemptions considered essential, such as truck drivers and anyone directly involved in efforts to control Covid-19.

Those involved in international sporting competitions have not been included, despite parallel efforts by the government to encourage the revival of sport in the UK, in part because the government was afraid of facing pressure from other companies or industries that do not benefit from exemptions.

Silverstone will be very flexible in offering alternative dates until August if necessary.

This news came out of a controversial weekend for the UK Government whereby special advisor to the PM Dominic Cummings was found out to be stretching the quarantine lockdown rules by traveling 260 miles from London to the far north of England whilst his wife suffered from Covid 19 symptoms.

Perhaps as Johnson and Co are happy to turn a blind eye to their own rules, there is a (controversial) hope to the British Grand Prix taking place.





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