Australian GP organizers confirm nine individuals tested for coronavirus, including one positive test for a McLaren team member, with the race plunged into doubt.
McLaren confirmed it has withdrawn from the Australian GP after a team member tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, while eight other personnel have also been tested and returned negative results.
Seven of those with negative results are from within the F1 paddock, one working for McLaren, four for Haas and two other contract workers respectively.
Australian GP organizers and F1 officials are currently holding talks over the next steps with a decision on whether the race will go ahead, postponed or cancelled expected imminently.
“The Australian Grand Prix Corporation and Formula 1 have been advised by the Victorian Chief Health Officer of the results of tests relating to eight personnel from the Formula 1 Paddock,” the Australian GP statement read.
“Of these eight tests, seven individuals have returned a negative result confirming that they do not have the COVID-19 virus. An eighth individual has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
“It has been confirmed that the individual was a member of the McLaren Racing Team. As a result of this, McLaren has announced its withdrawal from the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020.
“The AGPC is currently in discussions with Formula 1, the FIA and the Department of Health and Human Services in relation to the broader implications of this test result.
“Additionally, a ninth individual has been assessed and tested for the COVID-19 virus, with the results of this test pending. This individual is not associated with any Formula 1 team, the FIA or associated suppliers.
“The AGPC will provide updates as further details become available.”