McLaren withdraw from the Australian GP after positive coronavirus test

Updated: 20/03/2023

On the eve of the very first session of the brand-new Formula One season, the coronavirus break out has actually required a group to withdraw from the Australian Grand Prix.

McLaren releaseda declaration on Thursday night alerting all stakeholders that they would certainly be withdrawing from the occasion, following the news that a person of their staff member were evaluated favorable for the infection.

““ McLaren Racing has actually validated this night in Melbourne that is has actually withdrawn from the 2020 Formula One Australian Grand Prix, following the favorable test of a staff member for the coronavirus,” ” the declaration checked out.

““ The employee was evaluated and self-isolated as quickly as they began to reveal signs and will now be dealt with by regional health care authorities.


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““ The group has actually gotten ready for this possibility and has continuous assistance in location for its worker who will now get in a duration of quarantine. The group is working together with appropriate regional authorities to help their examinations and analysis.

““ Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing and Andreas Seidl, Team Principal of McLaren F1, notified Formula One and the FIA of the choice this night. The choice has actually been handled a responsibility of care not just to McLaren F1 staff members and partners, however likewise to the group’’ s rivals, Formula One fans and larger F1 stakeholders.””


This is the very first favorable test for coronavirus in the sport, following members of the Haas group likewise being positioned into self-isolation previously in the week and a main professional photographer having actually needed to leave the circuit midway through the media day on Thursday.

McLaren’’ s withdrawal from the Australian Grand Prix casts more doubt over the occasion, after ruling world champ Lewis Hamilton throughout the chauffeur’’ s interview revealed that he was ““ stunned that we are here””.


In the lead-up to the start of the brand-new season, Formula One manager Ross Brawn made it clear that if a group were to be not able to complete in a race due to the coronavirus, that the occasion would not be a champion occasion –– and even the weekend would be cancelled.

Already, the Chinese Grand Prix has actually been cancelled and more than likely will not run throughout the 2020 season, while the Bahrain race, which is because of happen next week, will occur behind closed doors.

Elsewhere internationally, the NBA has actually forever suspended their season after among their gamers evaluated favorable for the infection and other motorsport classifications such as MotoGP, Formula E and the World Endurance Championship have actually been tossed into chaos with posts ponement and cancellations.

Formula One and the FIA are yet to make a main action to the withdrawal of McLaren from the Australian Grand Prix.


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