Six-time Formulation One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, mentioned on Thursday it’s “surprising” that Formulation 1 has pressed forward with this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m actually very, very shocked that we’re right here. I do not assume it is nice that we have now races however it actually is surprising that we’re all sitting on this room,” Hamilton advised an official pre-race press convention on the circuit venue – Albert Park in Melbourne.
“Evidently the remainder of the world is already reacting somewhat bit late, however you may have seen this morning with (President Donald) Trump shutting down the border to Europe to the States, the NBA suspended, but Formulation One continues to go on.”
Requested why he felt the race was nonetheless going forward as deliberate, Hamilton replied: “Money is king.”
Fellow Formulation One driver, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who was additionally in attendance on the identical press convention, mentioned: “It is extremely tough having a good judgement, however I do understand lots of sporting competitions get cancelled and it’s truthful to ask the query why you’re right here. We have now to belief FIA (Motorsport’s Governing Physique) and for them to take all of the precautions however the reply nobody can provide you is how a lot you may management what’s going on.”
Australian Grand Prix Company chief Andrew Westacott mentioned in an announcement he was “monitoring the state of affairs together with Formulation 1 and the FIA” and dealing carefully with well being authorities to take further precautions at Albert Park, together with having hand sanitizers at public areas and company services.
The primary follow classes of the brand new season are because of start on Friday at Albert Park with the race itself scheduled to happen on Sunday.