Silverstone has confirmed that the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix will welcome full capacity crowds at this year’s event. The sporting event will feature in the latest phase of the UK Government’s Event Research Programme (ERP).

The Silverstone team will now work closely with the ERP experts and particularly the director of Public Health in Northamptonshire on the specific conditions of entry that will enable the event to operate safely.

Stuart Pringle, managing director of Silverstone, commented: “This is something we have all been working towards for months and I cannot wait to welcome a full capacity crowd back to Silverstone this July. Many of our fans rolled their tickets over from 2020 but they are now well placed to enjoy what is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer.”

Stefano Domenicali, F1 president and CEO, said: “It is fantastic news that Silverstone will be a full capacity event and it will be an incredible weekend with hundreds of thousands of fans being there to see our first ever Sprint event on the Saturday and the main event on Sunday. All of the drivers and the teams are hugely looking forward to Silverstone and we can’t wait to be there in July.”

Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, said: “I’m pleased that Silverstone will be able to welcome fans back to their large outdoor site for the pinnacle of British motorsport.

“Through our successful vaccine rollout and ambitious Events Research Programme we are continuing to make progress, and events like this will pave the way for everyone to enjoy live sport and culture together safely once more.”

Silverstone will be in touch with all ticketholders with further details about how the Formula 1 British Grand Prix will run as a pilot event. Ticketholders will be asked for either proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of arrival at Silverstone, or proof of full vaccination, the second dose having been received at least 14 days prior to the first day of attending the British Grand Prix.