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How Silverstone prepared for F1 double-header amid the pandemic | Giles Richards

Planning a normal grand prix takes 18 months but Silverstone has had only eight weeks to arrange two. It has been a task like no other but one vital to the survival of the circuit

History and heritage have long been important to Silverstone, the scene of drama and spectacle, triumph and despair. The former airfield hosted the first Formula One world championship grand prix 70 years ago, and F1 was coming home as 2020 promised a celebratory meeting before the pandemic cast its shadow across the globe.

Planning a party has became a process of adaptation, compromise and contingency just to go racing again. With the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix presenting a double-header of races at Silverstone beginning this weekend, the circuit and Formula One have succeeded, but it has been far from straightforward.

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