Coronavirus: Hamilton surprised Australian Grand Prix is going ahead

Preview 2020 F1 championship to kick off amid COVID-19 fears

Preview 2020 F1 championship to kick off amid COVID-19 fears

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"There were events that evolved, situations that changed, we made [a] decision which given the lead time to come here, [to] hold the event at a point in time where major events were being held here", he told assembled media outside the paddock at Albert Park.

F1 CEO Chase Carey said: "The global situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid and very hard to predict and its right we take time to assess the situation and make the right decisions".

The two practice sessions that usually showcase what the teams have been improving in the off-season were less than two hours from starting when the decision was publicly announced.

'What is slightly freaky is we're all still here living our lives.

COVID-19 is affecting 132 countries and territories around the world.

Six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who needs one more title to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven titles, said he was unhappy about by the situation but welcomed the decision.

On Thursday, the auto racing company called off the weekend's season-opener in Melbourne after a participating team member tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from F1.

That is the favoured of several options being considered after teams voted not to take part in the first race in Melbourne scheduled for tomorrow.

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"I've learned in the world of Formula 1 that you never say never", Westacott said.

"I feel like killing someone right now, I'm so angry", one man shouted.

"Really for the fans, I really, really hope they can take precautions". But equally, it's easy to stand on the sidelines and say "you should have done this, you should do that" when you don't have any of the pressure to make the decision'.

"We clearly had been working on the here and now with Chase Carey and the FIA and Formula 1". The three main tennis federations have cancelled events for up to six weeks, while in the USA, the major basketball, baseball, soccer and ice hockey seasons have all been delayed.

"You might only have one or two people at a very large event who might be carrying the virus, and the chance of it being spread at those large events accelerates the rate of progression of this virus".

The Australian Formula One Grand Prix has been cancelled.

Hakkinen believes it was the right move from Brown, whose decision was ultimately vindicated after the race was cancelled anyway.

"Maybe we take a hiatus, we take a pause", Formula One motorsport managing director Ross Brawn told Sky Sports television in Melbourne. There are so many fans here today and it seems like the rest of the world is reacting, probably a little bit late, but we have already seen this morning that (Donald) Trump has shut down the borders with Europe to the States and you are seeing the National Basketball Association being suspended, yet Formula 1 continues to go on.

"We are sorry for the inconveniences that these changes may have caused and we offer our apologies to all fans and customers that have been affected by these extraordinary measures".

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