Australian GP cans autograph sessions, selfies

Andrew van Leeuwen

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has confirmed there will be changes to driver-related events amid coronavirus concerns, including signing sessions being changed to live interviews.

The famous Melbourne Walk, where fans traditionally pose for photos with drivers as they arrive at the circuit, will also be affected by the changes, with "selfies, autographs or other direct engagement" not permitted.

Supercars will follow suit, the Aussie touring car series set to cancel scheduled signing sessions.

"In the current environment, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation wishes to advise fans of a change to the format of both the autograph sessions and the operations of the Melbourne Walk as they relate to both Formula 1 drivers and Supercars drivers," read a statement from the AGPC.

"Autograph sessions will now be conducted as Q&A interview sessions.

"Drivers will continue to utilise the Melbourne Walk but will not be closely interacting with fans for selfies, autographs or other direct engagement.

"We thank you for your cooperation and understanding."

At least three members of the F1 paddock are already in self isolation as they await the outcome of coronavirus tests.

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