The traditional pre-race flypast by the Red Arrows at the British Grand Prix has not been outlawed by Formula 1, Silverstonehas confirmed in reaction to recent reports.2022 F1 season, race promoters will not be permitted to stage military aviation displays prior to races. This prompted speculation the Red Arrows, which are part of the Royal Air Force, would no longer be allowed to perform.
However Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle denied this in a statement. “The Red Arrows have played a significant part in entertaining motorsport fans since they first performed at the British Grand Prix in 1966 and I am pleased to say that Formula 1 has confirmed this much-loved tradition can continue at Silverstone in 2022,” he said.
“The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, are not classed as military aviation and, as such, do not fall into the category of those displays that will no longer be permitted at Formula 1 events. We look forward to welcoming them back to Silverstone on July 3rd.”
The same dispensation is likely to apply to similar aerobatic display teams such as the Frecce Tricolori, which regularly appear ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
The Red Arrows are yet to confirm whether their schedule of events for 2022 will include the British Grand Prix.
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