It appears the entire world is at a big risk with the continuous spread of the deadly coronavirus. One of the most anticipated racing events – 2021 Australian F1 Grand Prix has been canceled. The latest cancellation is widening the list of similarly affected public auto events including the likes of the New York Auto Show, Geneva Auto Show and many others due to this deadly virus.
The 2021 Australian F1 Grand Prix at Melbourne has been canceled amidst the growing spread of deadly coronavirus
The decision to cancel the event was reached after a McLaren Racing team member was tested positive for coronavirus last Thursday. From further reports, 7 additional people were also tested but came out negative. The result of the neutral ninth person is still pending as we speak.
From what we learned, a statement was made recently by Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Formula 1 and FIA, saying:
“Following the confirmation that a member of the McLaren Racing Team has tested positive for COVID-19 and the team’s decision to withdraw from the Australian Grand Prix, the FIA and Formula 1 convened a meeting of the other nine team principals on Thursday evening.”
“Those discussions concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead. The FIA and Formula 1, with the full support of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) have therefore taken the decision that all Formula 1 activity for the Australian Grand Prix is cancelled.”
“We appreciate this is very disappointing news for the thousands of fans due to attend the race and all ticket holders will receive a full refund and a further announcement will be communicated in due course.”
“All parties took into consideration the huge efforts of the AGPC, Motorsport Australia, staff and volunteers to stage the opening round of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship in Melbourne, however concluded that the safety of all members of the Formula 1 family and the wider community, as well as the fairness of the competition take priority.”
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Due to the continued global spread of COVID-19 and after ongoing discussions with the FIA, and race organisers a decision has been taken by all parties to postpone the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Vietnam Grand Prix due to take place on March 20-22 and April 3-5 respectively#F1 pic.twitter.com/btpFLckwtO— Formula 1 (@F1) March 13, 2020
Sebastian Vettel, who happens to be the driver for Ferrari, and Kimi Raikkonen from Alfa Romeo, reportedly returned home even before the information was released officially. Since the member of the McLaren racing team tested positive for the COVID-19, the automaker has pulled out of this race.