No closed doors for Australian F1 GP

David Smith

Australian Formula One Grand Prix CEO Andrew Westacott says there is no chance of the race being cancelled or held behind closed doors due to fears of the coronavirus.

The Bahrain Grand Prix will take place without fans at the Sakhir circuit outside Manama on March 22, while the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai scheduled for April 19 has already been postponed.

Westacott says Sunday's F1 race in Melbourne will go ahead as planned at Albert Park and confirmed the Alpha Tauri and Ferrari cars from Italy have already landed in Avalon Airport.

The federal government has announced "enhanced screening" for people travelling to Australia from Italy with every F1 team required to clear customs.

"Not a chance (of the race being held behind closed doors)," Westacott told SEN.

"When you look at 86,000 at the MCG last night, and the footy the week after, we've got to go around things sensibly and keep moving on through life while taking the necessary precautions.

"The interesting thing is the Italian freight. The Alpha Tauri cars and the Ferrari cars are on their way from Avalon as we speak, so it's really good.

"The key personnel are on their planes. Interestingly, the only two people who didn't hail from Italy were Sebastian Vettel, who came out of Switzerland, and Charles Leclerc coming out of Monaco via Nice.

"All the others are on their way, and we're expecting (them) in the next 12 to 24 hours."