But the series has been put on the back foot by the government’s intention to impose a 14-day quarantine on visitors from abroad. Exemptions are currently being discussed and F1 is hoping to come to an arrangement for race personnel, which may involve them arriving by chartered flight and keeping to either the circuit or designated hotels.
Guidelines for hosting races in the current climate are being drawn up by Motorsport UK, which governs four-wheeled motor racing in this country.
These are expected to outline the extent to which social distancing can be applied to race meetings, and could involve new procedures for pitstops, as well as scrutineering and driver briefings.
Silverstone did not comment on the financial arrangements for the two races, but is understood to have been in discussions with Formula 1 for several weeks over a deal that takes account of the total loss of ticket revenue.
Pringle said that the majority of ticketholders for this year’s race – originally scheduled for July 19 – had chosen to defer them until next year.