Ferrari has said they ‘fully support’ the decision by the governing bodies to cancel the Australian Grand Prix with [immediate] effect.
The season opener in Melbourne was plunged into fresh doubt when McLaren announced their withdrawal from the race after a team member tested positive for coronavirus.
Chaos ensued overnight in Australia, with conflicting reports circulating for nearly 12 hours before common sense and some semblance of leadership prevailed.
Prior to official confirmation, four teams (including Ferrari) did not turn up to Albert Park once curfew was lifted, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen flew home and fans turned up to the gates only to be denied entry.
Now, as the dust begins to slightly settle, teams are beginning to react to a whirlwind 24 hours.
Ferrari’s press release read:
‘Scuderia Ferrari fully supports the decision taken by the FIA and Formula 1 in conjunction with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to cancel the Australian Grand Prix (13 to 15 March) at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.
‘The safety of all team members is our number one priority, especially as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly.
‘We feel very sorry for the fans who were due to come to Albert Park and support the Formula 1 race with all their usual enthusiasm, as well as all those who would have been watching from around the world.’
Renault and Honda were next to put on record their support in the decision to cancel the race.
Statement from Honda pic.twitter.com/0dnEPKqxTo
— Honda Racing F1 (@HondaRacingF1) March 12, 2020
Renault DP World F1 Team acknowledges and fully supports the decision of F1 and the FIA to cancel the 2020 Australian Grand Prix. pic.twitter.com/T5R4aSGIOD
— Renault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) March 12, 2020