[F1 suggests Vietnam race is on amid coronavirus concern]

01 Mars, 2020, 04:13 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel racing at Albert Park in Melbourne

The Chinese Grand Prix has already been postponed but the spread of the virus in Italy and Japan has resulted in concern that the meetings in Australia, Bahrain and Vietnam may also be affected.

'The Vietnam Grand Prix will take place on 5 April in Hanoi.

Their statements come just a day after a badminton Olympic qualifying tournament scheduled for Vietnam from 24 to 29 March, just a week before the Grand Prix, was postponed until June because of "strict health protection restrictions in place in Vietnam".

As the effects of the Coronavirus become more widespread around the world, sporting events are beginning to feel the effects, with the opening 3 races of the F1 season the latest to feel the heat. They are monitoring the situation closely and will notify the media should there be any changes.

The Coronavirus has nearly put the globe in a state of lockdown but hopes are that the virus will be contained and that the racing can go ahead.

Ferrari took matters into their own hands yesterday, prohibiting all non-essential business travel and limiting access to its factory in Maranello.

"We do plan to proceed with the race", he said in a call with Wall Street analysts.

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F1 will head to Bahrain the following weekend, with the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix third on the calendar.

No reference was made to the spread of the COVID-19 infection, which has so far killed more than 2,800 people and infected almost 84,000 people worldwide.

Now both Formula 1 and the Victorian State Government support the March 15 event proceeding as planned, but if the global health threat worsens, this stance could change.

"We will take our guidance and lead from the health authorities and fall into line with their instructions".

German free-to-air broadcaster RTL announced last week, however, that it would be covering the Vietnam race remotely due to coronavirus concerns.

The country has reported 23 cases but there has been no community transmission of the virus.

Yesterday Bahrain stopped all flights to and from Dubai - and if that continues until March, it would mean issues for the many F1 team members and others who are now booked to fly from Melbourne to Bahrain via Dubai on Emirates. Public and private schools and nurseries have also been closed for two weeks.


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