McLaren has confirmed one of its staff members in Melbourne has been self-isolated after exhibiting possible Coronavirus symptoms.
“We are awaiting test results and currently do not have a definitive time frame for these. The team is operating as per our normal schedule.” The outcome of the test should be known within 24 hours.
Haas is also understood to have two team members in self-isolation for the same reason.
Formula 1 teams have arrived in Melbourne for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix which is due to take place in spite of the spread of the virus. The race promoter insists the event, which attracted over 100,000 fans on race day last year, will go ahead as planned. The option of holding the race behind closed doors, as Bahrain will do next week, has been discounted.
Some drivers were present at the track on Wednesday. Restrictions have been placed on their interaction with fans, and some teams have also withheld drivers from media events to limit any chance of exposure. More media activities are due to take place on Thursday, the day before practice begins.
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