Formula One has become the latest sport impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix postponed, the PA news agency understands.
It comes in the wake of British racing team McLaren announcing it was withdrawing from the Australian GP after a staff member tested positive.
The team member – believed to be a mechanic – was placed in quarantine in Melbourne on Wednesday after reporting symptoms related to the virus.
The decision to postpone was taken following a crisis two-hour summit involving F1 bosses, its governing body, the FIA, and a number of the sport’s team principals.
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