Formula 1 chief Ross Brawn says a grand prix will not be
held if a team is denied entry to a country, amid travel restrictions imposed
by some nations due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Formula 1 has already moved to postpone the Chinese Grand
Prix, originally planned for April, on account of Covid-19, but the greater
issue in recent days has been on restricted access.
The season-opening Australian Grand Prix is set for March
15, Bahrain a week later on March 22, and Vietnam a fortnight thereafter on
Bahrain issued updated entry information on Tuesday, mirroring
that recently outlined by Vietnam, clarifying that those who had visited
certain countries within the last 14 days would face restrictions.
That list includes Italy – where Ferrari, AlphaTauri,
Pirelli and major suppliers are based – as well as major connecting hubs Hong
Kong and Singapore.
Organisers in Bahrain requested information from all Formula 1 personnel on
Tuesday as it attempts to work with its government to implement specific
measures for those affected.
“If a team is prevented from entering a country we can’t have a race,” Brawn
“Not a Formula 1 world championship race, anyway, because that would be
“Obviously if a team makes its own choice not to go to a race, that’s their
“But where a team is prevented from going to a race because of a decision of
the country then it’s difficult to have a fair competition.”
Brawn confirmed that Formula 1 had advised teams to “minimise the number of
people in the paddock”, and that discussions are ongoing with the promoter of
the new-for-2020 Vietnam round.
“They want the race to happen but also they’ve got to protect their
population,” Brawn said.
“So we’re looking at what solutions we can find to make sure everybody is
comfortable with the arrangements,” he said.
“There’s a lot of things going on at the moment and it changes on a
day-by-day basis. It’s difficult to be definitive now but we’re going to find