F1 Australian GP 2020 Cancellation Doubt: In the Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic Australian GP 2020 Has Come Under Scanner As One of McLaren Team Member Tested Positive for The COVID 2019.
Coronavirus has shed its dark spell of Formula 1 as the opening round of 2020 calender is doubt. Coronavirus which has already affected multiple sporting events across the globe, now F1 opening round has also come under the scanner. As per the reports, Team McLaren has confirmed their withdrawal from the race. The decision is followed by a positive test of a team member for Coronavirus. Zack Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing and Andreas Seidl team principal of McLaren F1, informed Formula 1 and FIA about their decision. However, there are chances that other teams may back of Australian GP 2020. F1 hasn’t made any official announcement as of now regarding the cancellation.
Australian GP has been cancelled
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 13, 2020
Drivers Reaction to Australian GP Cancellation:
Here are quoted tweets of drivers
“All I want to do is race. But safety and health comes first. Hope to be racing soon again! Stay safe everyone.” -Bottas
“It goes without saying that I was extremely excited to finally make my debut in Formula 1 this weekend but it will have to wait. The safety and well being of everyone involved has to be the priority. Stay safe everyone and hopefully we can go racing sometime soon. ” Nicholas Latifi
“Will have to wait some more days to get officially back racing. Of course, very disappointed but this is the best decision for us drivers, teams and fans. Hopefully, the whole situation will get better soon🤞🏼Stay safe.” Esteban Ocon
“Will have to wait bit longer to get back in the car. I was really looking forward to get back behind the wheel but this is the best decision, the health of everyone is the priority. Stay safe everyone Red heart” – Charles Leclerc
“Stay safe everyone, and let’s hope this whole COVID-19 situation gets better soon. Shame we can’t race here in Australia, but keeping everybody health & safety is priority. Was really looking forward to start the season, but we will have to wait. Lets hope for better news soon❤️”- Pierre Gasly
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) March 13, 2020
McLaren Racing withdraws from the 2020 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. pic.twitter.com/BZvHVKQoev
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) March 12, 2020
As per the official F1 twitter handle, “Formula 1 and the FIA have been coordinating with all the relevant authorities on the next steps. Our priority is the safety of the fans, the teams and all personnel at the race.” Practice race for Australian GP was earlier scheduled to start from Friday, March 13, 2020, with the Final Race scheduled on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Chinese GP has already been postponed with new dates yet to be announced. And Bahrain GP will proceed as drivers only GP as it will take place under the closed doors in wake of Coronavirus threat. This year F1 has a total of 22 races on their F1 calendar with Vietnam GP making its debut. Last season of F1 was dominated by Mercedes as they began their 2019 season with classic 1-2 finish. Bottas securing the first place and Hamilton finishing as the second. As Coronavirus situation developing day by day the outbreak has become very difficult to control and countries after countries imposing stricter restriction on travel and other activities.