Australian Grand Prix on edge as coronavirus infections surge

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Australian Grand Prix on edge as coronavirus infections surge

But there’s ‘no chance’ of a spectator ban despite isolation of Haas and McLaren team members

Ian Ransom

Formula One’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix will get under way with an air of anxiety this week, with members of two racing teams quarantined and local health authorities battling to contain community spread of the coronavirus.

Team Haas said two of its staff were tested for coronavirus and were confined to their hotel rooms after showing symptoms of a cold, while McLaren said one of its team members had self-isolated.

Formula One organisers have already postponed the Chinese race scheduled in April, while the Bahrain Grand Prix, the second stop on the calendar, will go ahead without spectators on March 22...

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