Silverstone to give away F1 and MotoGP tickets to key workers

Silverstone has announced that it will give away thousands of free tickets for its Formula 1 and MotoGP races to key workers who served through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Silverstone to give away F1 and MotoGP tickets to key workers

Silverstone is hopeful of welcoming back fans to the F1 British Grand Prix in July after racing behind closed doors last year, as well as bringing MotoGP back to the track after a year's hiatus.

The circuit said last April that it intended to show its thanks to the key workers from the pandemic by offering free tickets for the 2021 British Grand Prix, with further details being announced on Thursday.

Silverstone has allocated 10,000 tickets to give away across the F1 British Grand Prix, the MotoGP race and Silverstone Classic, which is scheduled for 30 July to 1 August.

The tickets will be given away in conjunction with Blue Light Tickets, a sister company of the Blue Light Card scheme that rewards workers in the NHS, emergency services, armed forces and social care.

Blue Light Card holders will be able to enter a ballot to win a pair of free tickets to one of the three events. The ballot for the F1 race will be open until 25 May.

"Working with Blue Light Card gives us the reassurance that our tickets will reach those we are all so indebted to and we hope as many as possible can join us this summer to experience live motorsport, something we have all missed over the past 12 months," said Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle.

"The last year has been a challenge for everyone but particularly for those working on the frontline, putting their lives at risk, to keep our country and population safe under very difficult circumstances.

"I hope that this gesture goes some way to demonstrating to this community that their work is very much appreciated."

The British Grand Prix is scheduled for 16-18 July, by which point restrictions in the UK are set to have been lifted so that spectators can attend sporting events once again.

Under the proposals, large outdoor seated venues will be permitted to allow up to 10,000 fans or 25% of the total seat capacity - whichever is lower - from 17 May. This could then be increased as early as 21 June.

Silverstone is also open to the use of possible vaccine passports for those attending the grand prix, with Pringle saying last month that the proposal was "worth exploring".

shares
comments

Related video

Saudi GP reveals F1's fastest street circuit for 2021 race

Previous article

Saudi GP reveals F1's fastest street circuit for 2021 race

Next article

Mercedes: No immediate answers for "weak" W12 rear end

Mercedes: No immediate answers for "weak" W12 rear end
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1 , MotoGP
Author Luke Smith
What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Prime

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix Prime

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warm-up. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory Prime

The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
Imola 1994: Memories from Ayrton Senna’s F1 rivals Prime

Imola 1994: Memories from Ayrton Senna’s F1 rivals

The tragic events of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix changed Formula 1 forever. Here, 17 of the drivers who took part explain how they coped with the devastating deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna.

Formula 1
May 1, 2021
The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy Prime

The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying.

Formula 1
May 1, 2021
How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion Prime

How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion

As a highly-rated Mercedes junior, George Russell is naturally billed as Lewis Hamilton's heir apparent where Britain's next Formula 1 champion is concerned. But he may face competition for that accolade from Lando Norris, fresh from a confidence-boosting run to third at Imola whose rise is being accelerated by his McLaren team’s revival

Formula 1
Apr 29, 2021
The biggest headache F1 faces over its sprint race experiments Prime

The biggest headache F1 faces over its sprint race experiments

The news this week that F1 has green-lit 'sprint qualifying' races that will determine the grid for three grands prix in 2021 was met with a blend of excitement and scepticism. But before those in both camps can be vilified, F1 must first work out what its criteria is for success - and what will justify making them a more permanent fixture

Formula 1
Apr 28, 2021