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Motor racing-F1 cannot race if a team is denied entry due to virus

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By ITN News Editor March 4, 2020 11:48

Motor racing-F1 cannot race if a team is denied entry due to virus

Formula One could not hold a world championship race in a country that denies access to any team due to coronavirus restrictions, motorsport managing director Ross Brawn said yesterday. Italy, home to the sport’s oldest, most glamorous and most successful team Ferrari, is one of the country’s most affected by the epidemic with more than 50 deaths and over 2,000 confirmed cases. Some countries, including Vietnam which hosts its first ever grand prix on April 5, have imposed quarantine periods on anyone who has come from or been in Italy during a two-week period prior to entry. That has raised concern in some quarters about Ferrari’s ability to participate. The Formula One season starts in Melbourne on March 15, with Bahrain the weekend after. The Chinese Grand Prix scheduled for Shanghai on April 19 has already been called off as a result of the virus. MotoGP cancelled its opening round in Qatar this weekend after the Gulf state imposed quarantine on visitors arriving from Italy. Meanwhile National soccer managers arriving for the Nations League draw in Amsterdam on reacted calmly to the threat of the coronavirus which has led to some sporting events being postponed and could yet threaten Euro 2020 and the Olympics in Tokyo. Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman said while it was good to be worried about the virus it was not right to panic, expressing confidence in his country’s experts to make the right decisions. England’s Gareth Southgate said people needed to be prepared and adaptable to the changing nature of the outbreak and he would follow government advice.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 4, 2020 11:48

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