Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has said that the 20 drivers could “pull the handbrake” on the 2020 Australian Grand Prix.
Measures are in place in an effort to protect fans, team members and all personnel in Melbourne from the coronavirus outbreak, but the situation is continuing to worsen.
While four Haas team members were cleared after tests, one McLaren employee has tested positive for coronavirus and the team have officially withdrawn from the Australian Grand Prix.
Speaking to the media before this news, Vettel said: “I hope others would agree, and we hope it doesn’t get that far, but if it were to get that far then for sure you pull the handbrake.
“I think we are a group of 20 guys and I think we’ve got together over the last years for various circumstances on various topics, and I think we share common opinion on big decisions and that.
“I would qualify it is a very, very big decision and ultimately, as I said before, you look at yourself.
“And we would, I think, be mature enough to look after ourselves and pull the handbrake in that case.”
Lewis Hamilton also expressed his shock that the season-opener is scheduled to go ahead.
“I am very, very surprised we are here,” he said.
“It is great we have races but for me it is shocking that we are all sitting in this room (media centre).
“There are so many fans here already today.
“It seems like the rest of the world is reacting, probably a bit late, but already this morning we have seen [Donald] Trump shutting down the borders from Europe to the United States.
“The NBA is being suspended and F1 continues to go on.”
The six-time World Champion was cautious with his criticism, but did say “cash is king” when asked why the race was still scheduled to happen.