The international automobile Federation (FIA), the owners of the commercial rights in the face of Liberty Media and representatives of teams of Formula 1 has decided to refuse carrying out of Grand Prix of Australia because of the threat of coronavirus. The race weekend was to be held from 13-15 April and become the debut stage 2020.
The catalyst for the abolition of the first stage of Formula-1 became the news of the infection of coronavirus officer of McLaren Racing. After the detection of infection, British racing team withdrew from the Grand Prix of Australia, and the remaining nine teams decided the fate of the race by a simple majority of votes.
Although the abolition of the racing weekend voted not all, of Liberty Media and the FIA decided not to risk the health of spectators and members of racing teams and not to hold the Grand Prix. In a statement the FIA said that to all the fans who bought tickets will be fully refunded the money.
After the failure of the Australian racing season-2020 may start in Bahrain next week, or in Vietnam, on 5 April. Against holding both races have a strong case: it is very likely that the team McLaren will not be able to participate in the Grand Prix of Bahrain because of the quarantine, and Vietnamese Speedway is located just 350 kilometers from the epicenter of the epidemic in China, where is found the largest number of cases of coronavirus.
As scheduled on 19 April Grand Prix of China officially canceled a month ago, it is likely that the season of Formula 1 will begin in may with races at Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Pandemic coronavirus have influenced all major sport events: a cancelled race in Formula E, WEC championship and Moto GP, in the United States is suspended NBA and the NHL postponed the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, under threat of cancellation there are the 2020 Olympics and the European championship on football in 2020.