Silverstone is open to hosting multiple Formula One Grands Prix in 2020 and would consider using the reverse layout for one of those races.
With the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the first eight races already being postponed or cancelled as a result, Formula 1 bosses are looking for solutions for a revised calendar.
Silverstone confirmed it had until the end of April to make a decision on the running of the British Grand Prix, which is scheduled to run from July 17 to 19.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Silverstone managing director Stuart Pingle discussed the steps the track was willing to take to assist F1.
“All I’ve done is say to Formula 1 we are willing to work with them in any way, shape or form that they think is in the best interest of the championship.
“The majority of the teams are within a stone’s throw of the circuit, so operationally, it would be pretty straightforward [to host multiple Grands Prix].
“We’ve got fixed infrastructure; the staff could go home to their own beds in an evening for the large part.
“If that’s how we can help then I’m very pleased, I’d be delighted to do that. We’ll do whatever’s asked of us.”
When asked if running in the Grand Prix circuit in reverse for a second event was under consideration, Pringle said that while Silverstone is not currently licensed to do so, it wouldn’t be ruled out.
“It’s not such a silly thought,”Pringle said.
“We’re not licensed to run the other way, but these are extraordinary times, and I guess that extraordinary decisions are being made.
“Nothing’s off the table, but equally, let’s see what the next four weeks look like.
“It’s difficult for Formula 1, they’re not just looking at what’s going on in Great Britain, they’re looking at what’s going on around the world and how their travel arrangements have to fit in.
“It’s perhaps not such a crazy question.”
It is unclear as to when the Grand Prix season will start. The Canadian Grand Prix is currently scheduled to kick the season off in June. However, given the strict travel restrictions imposed by the nation, it is unlikely the event will go ahead.