McLaren staff are finally on their way home

Mark Scott

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The remaining McLaren team members still in Australia are finally on their way back home to the UK after being in quarantine in Melbourne.

As the coronavirus outbreak progressed from pandemic to epidemic, Formula 1 were still attempting to keep the show on the road by trying to conduct business as usual ahead of what should have been the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

All teams and personnel flew out to Melbourne and huge crowds of fans gathered for two days in a row at Albert Park, only for the race weekend to then be cancelled at the last moment.

That announcement came after one member of the McLaren outfit had tested positive for the virus which saw the team withdraw from the race immediately.

A further 15 McLaren members were then placed in self-isolation as a result, but that period is over and they can now return home.

Given the complexities involved in air travel, the staff members are scattered across several different flights back to UK, where a three-week lockdown period has been initially enforced by the government.

Seven of the 15 members who were displaying signs that were symptomatic of coronavirus all came back with negative results.

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