Silverstone set to host two Formula One races in July

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It has been proposed that the starting order for the sprint race would be in reverse-championship standings order.

At present no firm decision about whether to try the reverse grid sprint race to set the grid has been taken, but it has the backing of Liberty bosses.

Despite not gaining an overall blanket exemption, it is understood that the government will now provide flexibility for sports personnel arriving in the United Kingdom providing a detailed plan of travel arrangements and movements within the country is approved.

A non-binding informal show of hands at the meeting suggested that only one team - speculated to be Mercedes - was now opposed, with everyone agreeing to consider the matter further over the next week.

Reverse grids are an attempt by Liberty and the FIA to add interest to the second weekend at the same venue at a time when TV companies have questioned the value of the double-header races. At later events, a more representative championship order will have emerged.


Silverstone is set to host two races this summer after Formula One got the green light from the British government, according to reports.

Reverse grid races have been discussed regularly over the past couple of years, and having run simulations most teams were opposed.

However the concept reappeared during online meeting of team principals, the FIA and F1 last Friday focussed on plans for the initial eight-race European calendar that starts in Austria next month, and how behind closed doors events will operate.

However, such a change to the regulations would again require unanimous approval from the 10 teams as it impacts on this season, and Mercedes is understood to be firmly against the idea, with other teams also holding some reservations. This guidance provides the safe framework for sports to resume competitions.

Formula One's plans envisage races in Asia, the Americas and Middle East but that could change. The sport is expected to announce the European leg of its rescheduled calendar on Monday.

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