The FIA say they are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak in Asia, and say they are evaluating the race calendar.
The FIA says that they are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to spread. New breakouts of the virus are being confirmed on a daily basis, with Cambodia now added to the list of countries with confirmed cases.
The potentially fatal virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan in China, and has killed at least 170 people in the county with over 7000 cases reported. Australia, Canada, Macau, Hong Kong, France, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam have all had confirmed outbreaks.
With Australia, Vietnam and China due to hold Grands Prix in the early part of 2020 with races in March and April, the FIA has said they are monitoring the situation on the ground: “Following the coronavirus epidemic that broke out in China at the beginning of the year, the FIA is closely monitoring the evolving situation with relevant authorities and its Member Clubs, under the direction of FIA Medical Commission President, Professor Gérard Saillant.”
In their statement, the FIA said they “will evaluate the calendar of its forthcoming races and, if necessary, take any action required to help protect the global motor sport community and the wider public.”
Should it be necessary based on the outbreaks, its entirely possible that some races could face cancellation or postponement, with the most likely candidates being the new Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi and the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Formula E could also be affected, with the Sanya ePrix scheduled for March 21.
Travel restrictions are currently in place in the affected Hubei region of China, including suspended flight services into mainland China. British Airways have cancelled all flights to mainland China, while the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised its citizens not to travel to China unless strictly necessary. The ECDC says it is closely monitoring the situation for Europe.