Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott has confirmed that the first F1 race of the 2020 season in Melbourne will surely take place despite the growing threat of the coronavirus.

The Coronavirus has already postponed one race in this year’s calendar, the Chinese GP, which is still looking for an appropriate term in the late part of the season, but due to the spread of the virus, some other races are also being questioned.

But the Australian GP leadership confirmed that the first race of the season will be held.

“We are all systems go and gearing up for the 25th Formula 1 race in Melbourne next week,” said Westacott on Monday.

“The finishing touches are being put on the circuit, Formula 1 freight and personnel are arriving in the coming days and we’re looking forward to opening the gates to the public on Thursday 12 March.

“The health and safety of everyone at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 is paramount,” he continued.”

“The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has robust health, safety and emergency management arrangements in place at each event and we are working collaboratively with health agencies and related government and emergency services organisations in addressing this matter.”

“We continue to closely monitor the situation in the lead-up to the Grand Prix and are taking guidance from subject matter experts, including Victorian and National Chief Health Officers and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.”

“At this stage there is no indication of further travel bans, nor is there any indication that Formula 1 and the teams will not be arriving as usual.”

“Formula 1 has again confirmed overnight that the Australian Grand Prix is going ahead and we’re looking forward to welcoming them and the teams to Melbourne.”

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