“The team has prepared for this eventuality and has ongoing support in place for its employee who will now enter a period of quarantine. The team is cooperating with the relevant local authorities to assist their investigations and analysis.
“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. The decision has been taken based on a duty of care not only to McLaren F1 employees and partners, but also to the team’s competitors, Formula 1 fans and wider F1 stakeholders.”
Speculation has grown since teams arrived in Melbourne that the race could be cancelled, with four Haas team members also tested for the virus after showing symptoms, however, the American team has confirmed that all tests returned negative results.
World champion Lewis Hamilton called the decision to stage the race as “shocking” in the pre-race press conference, adding that money was the driving factor for the attempt to host the race despite the worsening situation.