F1, FIA and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) officially announced on March 13 that the Australian Grand Prix in 2020 will be canceled.
The cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, scheduled for March 13-15, was officially announced at 10:00 am on Friday morning. The night before, McLaren’s team found that one of the team members was infected with the new coronavirus, and the team decided to opt out of race. Along with this, discussions were held between the FIA, Formula 1, organizers and team representatives on whether to hold a Grand Prix this weekend.
F1 Australian GP decides to cancel immediately on the day of the event.
“One member of the McLaren Racing Team was tested positive for COVID-19, and the team decided to stop participating in the Australian GP,” said a joint statement by F1, FIA and AGPC.
Along with this, F1 and the FIA met on Thursday night with representatives of the other nine teams. After consultation, the majority of the team’s view was that the race should not be held as it is.
“With the full support of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC), F1 and the FIA have decided to cancel all F1 activities in the Australian Grand Prix.”
“We know this is a very disappointing news for many fans and will issue a full refund to ticket buyers. Details will be announced later.”