Multiple F1 Team Members Reportedly Tested For Coronavirus
A team member from McLaren Racing and two from Haas have reportedly been tested for coronavirus four days before the Australian Grand Prix.
The team member from McLaren Racing reportedly showed symptoms of the virus on Wednesday morning at the race circuit in Albert Park, Melbourne.
They have been tested for Covid-19 and are now in self-isolation.
It is understood two members from team Haas have also been tested for coronavirus after showing symptoms.
As the number of coronavirus cases grow in Australia, questions have been raised about whether the Australian Grand Prix would go ahead.
Earlier, Australian Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo pulled out of a scheduled Renault team media conference over fears he might be exposed to the coronavirus.
Ricciardo and teammate Esteban Ocon were due to take questions from reporters after they unveiled Renault's new livery for the 2020 season at the Albert Park circuit on Wednesday, but were withdrawn by team officials at the last minute.
"Our drivers were supposed to be with us for this event but due to the situation, we've excused them for the occasion ... I hope you understand why we are taking such measures," team principal Cyril Abiteboul said.
Organisers of the Melbourne event released a statement on Tuesday saying they were taking a "scientific approach" to minimise risks and protect personnel.
"The health and safety of the F1 fans, family and wider communities is always paramount," a statement said.
"With the continuing spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on global communities, F1 is in constant dialogue with promoters, governmental bodies and expert health authorities to ensure the safeguarding of everyone inside and around the sport."
The next Grand Prix, slated to be held in Bahrain on March 23, will be held behind closed door after organisers made the proactive decision to limit the country's virus spread.
The Chinese Grand Prix which was supposed to happen between April 17 and 19 has been postponed.
Haas, Mclaren Racing and the Australian Grand Prix have been contacted for comment.
The 2020 Formula One World Championship will air on Network 10 from Friday, March 13 on 10 Bold.