Thousands of queuing fans have been denied entry into the Albert Park circuit as the Australian Grand Prix descended into further chaos.
With no official verdict from any of the governing bodies following McLaren’s withdrawal from the race due to a member testing positive for coronavirus, there has been an assumption that is ‘business as usual’ in Melbourne.
As a result, fans gathered on mass in a confined area as the gates were due to open, while six of the 1o Formula 1 teams turned up at the paddock gates in time for the end of the garage curfew.
Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault joined McLaren in no showing ahead of FP1.
The only decision that has been made is that if the race weekend does continue as ‘normal’ it will be done so behind closed doors with no fans now allowed to enter the circuit.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews told 7News Sydney: “On public health grounds, there will be no spectators at the grand prix this weekend if a race actually happens at all. That is a matter for them and they will make announcements very soon.”
#Breaking – Punters at the Australian Grand Prix have been told “gate opening has been delayed” while the event works through “programming and scheduling” concerns. @theheraldsun #AusGP pic.twitter.com/zEE8iOZWsD
— Brianna Travers (@briannatravers) March 12, 2020