MARCH 12, 2020
McLaren withdraws from Australian GP
On Thursday evening, with the Australian Grand Prix due to start practice tomorrow morning the McLaren team announced that they are withdrawing from competition from the opening race of the season.
The decision was taken after it was discovered that a team member tested positive for COVID-19. The team member was tested and self-isolated at the point they started to show symptoms of the virus, and is being treated by local healthcare and is entering a period of quarantine.
Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, and Andreas Seidl, Team Principal of McLaren F1, informed Formula 1 and the FIA of the decision this evening.