The Formula 1 McLaren team took special measures in the face of the new coronavirus epidemic, prohibiting anyone who has recently been in China from entering their ‘motor-home’ during the preseason tests in Montmeló (Barcelona), indicated one of its spokesmen.
A Chinese journalist from Shanghai saw how he was denied access to the “hospitality” area of the British team on the Catalan circuit on Wednesday, where the set-up training for the new course began on Wednesday, which begins on March 15 in Australia.
Those responsible for Formula 1 announced last week the postponement to a date to be determined for the Chinese Grand Prix, which was initially due to be held on April 19. The reason, the epidemic that has already caused more than 2,000 deaths, most of them in China.
The McLaren spokesman confirmed that his team members who will travel to Australia will not make a stopover in China (Hong Kong included) and will opt for flights that stop in the Middle East.
McLaren is the first Formula 1 team to announce such relevant measures.
The F1 calendar includes a Grand Prix in the Far East, on April 5 in Vietnam. That Grand Prix, the first in that country, will be played in principle according to the planned plans, the organizers announced on Tuesday. AFP