McLaren won’t be participating in the Formula One season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after one of their team members was tested positive for the coronavirus. Also Read - CRPF Moves Ailing Man to Chandigarh After Airlifting Him From Rajouri
McLaren confirmed their decision to withdraw from Australian GP via a statement posted on their official Twitter account on Thursday. “McLaren Racing has confirmed this evening in Melbourne that it has withdrawn from the 2020 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, following the positive test of a team member for the coronavirus,” the statement read. Also Read - Mamata Ropes in Abhijit Banerjee on COVID-19 Advisory Panel For West Bengal
The team members are to be quarantined and the Formula One and International Automobile Federation (FIA) have been apprised of their decision. Also Read - PM Modi Speaks to Bahrain King, Discusses COVID-19 Situation, Financial Markets
“The team member was tested and self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and will now be treated by local healthcare authorities. The team has prepared for this eventuality and has ongoing support in place for its employee who will now enter a period of quarantine. The team is cooperating with the relevant local authorities to assist their investigations and analysis,” the statement added.
In response to the development, Formula 1 said it’s working with the relevant authorities on the next steps involved.
“Following the outcome of the test on a member the McLaren team, Formula 1 and the FIA have been in close contact with them on their decision and 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,” F1 said in a statement.
Despite the chaos surrounding coronavirus, fans reportedly thronged the Alber Park, venue of the Australian GP, to watch a Supercars qualifying session.
The authorities at the Australian GP have limited the interactions between the teams and the fans banning selfies and autographs.
The second race of the season at Bahrain will be held behind closed doors while the Chinese Grand Prix in April has already been postponed.