Confusion is reigning across the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne this morning.
Earlier today, the BBC reported that following a crisis summit, it was decided the race would be postponed or cancelled following a positive CoVid-19 test of a McLaren member of staff.
McLaren has withdrawn from the race.
McLaren Racing withdraws from the 2020 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. pic.twitter.com/BZvHVKQoev
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) March 12, 2020
However, it’s now being reported that fan gates have opened and staff are being told that everything is going ahead as planned.
Formula 1 and the FIA have have been coordinating with all the relevant authorities on the next steps. Our priority is the safety of the fans, the teams and all personnel at the race.
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 12, 2020
There has been no announcement from F1 regarding the situation but media close to the organisation, including Chris Medland have said ‘Friday at present going ahead as normal. Despite a confirmed case of coronavirus for a team member and a full paddock yesterday, and sources saying race will be off, FIA has “had no instructions to tell you otherwise” when asked if media should attend the track today’