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Lewis Hamilton says it is “shocking” Australian GP is going ahead as McLaren pulls out

Formula 1 Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton says it is “shocking” that Formula 1’s Australian Grand Prix is going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic.

McLaren confirmed it has withdrawn from the Australian GP after a team member tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, while eight other personnel have also been tested and returned negative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.

Australian GP organisers 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.

“I am really very, very surprised that we’re here,” six-time world champion Hamilton told reporters.

“I think motorsport, I think it’s great that we have races but for me, it’s shocking that we’re all sitting in this room. So many fans here already today and it seems like the rest of the world is reacting — probably a little bit late.”

Source: CNN

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