Published on March 13th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair


This Weekend’s 2020 F1 Season Opener in Melbourne CANCELLED

Well, it’s actually happening. Formula 1 race organisers have made a decision to cancel this weekend’s race, which was meant to be the first of the season to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The decision comes after the McLaren F1 team pulled out of the race upon discovering one of their team members tested positive for the coronavirus.

The news also follows an announcement that the 2nd race of the season, at Bahrain, would be held without spectators.

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This is the statement they released:

“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, Formula 1 and the FIA 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.

“Formula 1 and the FIA, 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 are 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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