F1 teams to assess coronavirus risk to Chinese GP

F1 teams to assess coronavirus risk to Chinese GP”

Formula 1 has been monitoring the situation but with the epidemic rapidly evolving, the prospect of scrapping next April's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai will likely be tabled at this week's Strategy Group meeting.

The grand prix is scheduled as the fourth round of what would be a record 22 race season.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is confident the FIA and Liberty Media will make the right decision.

"Formula E has taken the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of its travelling staff, championship participants and spectators, which remains of paramount importance", a statement read.

"I'm sure they'll take the necessary due diligence before making any commitment about either delaying or postponing or cancelling the race".

"We keep a very close eye on the situation".

The impact of the coronavirus, declared by the World Health Organisation as a public health emergency, has already forced FE to officially postpone the Sanya E-Prix.

However, medical experts said last week they were not optimistic' about the 2020 China GP based on the continuing rise in cases, the cancellation of airline flights to China and the reduction of train services in between major cities in China.

He said that if the situation remained as it is now, teams could not attend the race "because we couldn't get there".

While the epicentre of the virus in Wuhan and Hubei province is 800 km from the Shanghai's F1 track, confirmed cases are rising daily (currently around 17,500) with the spread extending to all Chinese provinces.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen said: "At the moment, it doesn't look good but it is a long way away". I don't worry too much in life, so sorry.

"Like Christian says, we just wait for the decision so let's see what happens". Later it was reported that the organizers of the Grand Prix of China took the initiative to share the dates of the stages of "Formula-1" with Russian Federation.

"The date for the 2020 Russian GP was set in October past year and isn't changing", a spokesman told Autosport.

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