A provincial management spokesman advised the British information company Reuters on Tuesday that crucial factor for them is to maintain the inhabitants wholesome, however within the meantime they need to keep the chance to host all of this yr’s main sporting occasions.

On Monday, a number of worldwide magazines reported that the F1 season might begin in Bahrain as an alternative of Melbourne, and the Australian race could possibly be changed at a later date. This was justified by the introduction in Australia of strict measures, together with 14 days of obligatory quarantine, for entrants because of the coronavirus epidemic.

“Additional particulars are anticipated within the coming weeks, after the negotiations are concluded,” the organizers of the Australian Grand Prix wrote of their assertion.

Tickets haven’t but begun to be offered in Australia. The season opener was scheduled for March 21 in Melbourne, whereas the Bahrain Grand Prix was introduced per week later, on March 28.

In accordance with Jean Todt, president of the Worldwide Car Federation (FIA), because of the pandemic, the primary half of this yr “doesn’t look like we will have an roughly regular season”. The sports activities chief was quoted as saying by a number of on-line magazines on Tuesday, anticipating “within the coming days we’ll hear a couple of myriad of doable modifications to totally different race calendars, and never simply in System One.”

Todt added, the epidemic “sadly shouldn’t be over, there are restrictions now, and the virus continues to contaminate.”