Wed. Aug 21st, 2019

Formula One looking to RESCHEDULE 2020 British GP to avoid clashing with Wimbledon final

Formula One looking to RESCHEDULE 2020 British Grand Prix to avoid clashing with Wimbledon final after Lewis Hamilton’s record sixth Silverstone win is overshadowed

  • The 2020 British Grand Prix could be moved to avoid clashing with other events
  • Lewis Hamilton’s win coincided with Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup final 
  • Sportsmail understands Silverstone and Liberty Media are in discussions over it 

Formula One is looking at rescheduling next year’s British Grand Prix in an attempt to avoid a repeat clash with the summer’s other prime sporting events.

Last Sunday’s race, won by Lewis Hamilton, coincided with both the Wimbledon men’s final and the Cricket World Cup dramatics. And a similar horror conflict looms in 12 months’ time, with the Euro 2020 final taking place at Wembley on July 12.

But Sportsmail understands that Silverstone bosses are in talks with F1 owners, Liberty Media, about switching the Grand Prix, most likely to the last Sunday in June, the 28th.

Formula One is looking to potentially reschedule the 2020 British Grand Prix to avoid clashes

The race at Silverstone clashes with the men's Wimbledon singles final and could be moved

The race at Silverstone clashes with the men’s Wimbledon singles final and could be moved

It is understood that the Austrian Grand Prix, which this year was held that weekend, could be moved to make way for Silverstone’s showpiece.

There are other possibilities, including shunting the British round back a week to July 19, though this would then put it up against The Open at Royal St George’s.

An F1 spokesman said: ‘The calendar is not yet defined. There are a number of question marks.’

As Lewis Hamilton produced a record win, viewers were split with the Cricket World Cup final

As Lewis Hamilton produced a record win, viewers were split with the Cricket World Cup final

Those include the futures of three races being in doubt – the German, Spanish and Mexico Grands prix, all of whose deals expire this year. Monza’s contract has also yet to be renewed but that is little more than a formality.

While Silverstone are reasonably relaxed about the timing of their race, given the record crowd of 141,000 packing the Northamptonshire track on Sunday, the event’s wider profile suffered from media focus being greatly diluted by the counter-attractions at Wimbledon and Lord’s.

Stuart Pringle, managing director of Silverstone said: ‘While we would prefer not to clash with Wimbledon finals weekend, scheduling decisions are made by F1, not the circuit, and the championship has an increasingly busy calendar and logistical challenges to accommodate, so it is never easy.’

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