F1 season set to start in June following coronavirus pandemic

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The sport has already been affected significantly following the cancellation of the Australia Grand Prix that was set to kick-off in Melbourne this weekend.

The event was called off due to McLaren withdrawing from the race after a member of its team tested positive for COVID-19.

April’s Chinese Grand Prix has also been postponed, and this has left F1 officials and the FIA need to evaluate upcoming races in Bahrain and Vietnam, which are set to take place in March and April respectively.

Doubt surrounds both events, and F1 are understood to be considering postponing the Dutch, Spain and Monaco Grand Prix and start the season in Baku on June 7.

“At this point, our focus is dealing with the issues this weekend,” said Carey.

"Clearly, I just came in from Vietnam, so we are in discussion with partners on the upcoming races.

“But I think at this point what we really want to do is make sure we deal with the issues here, deal with them properly.

"But in the coming days, clearly we will be addressing the events yet to come. It's a pretty difficult situation to really predict, everybody uses the word fluid - it is obviously a fluid situation.

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"The situation today is different than it was two days ago, which is different than it was four days ago. So trying to look out and make those sorts of predictions when it's changing this quickly is challenging.”

The ever-changing developments surrounding the coronavirus outbreak leaves the F1 needing to deal with “an array of complexities” in multiple countries, according to Carey.

"Everybody wants an answer and we'd love to have an answer,” he replied when asked where F1 personnel should book tickets to next.

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"I think you can't force an answer to something that right now you don't have an answer to. I think we just have to continue doing what we're doing, reaching out to everybody, every expert, we can around the world.

“Clearly we’re a global sport. And therefore, you know, we’re not just dealing with a single country issue, we’re dealing with an array of complexities.

But I think we have to continue to deal with those as the situation evolves.”

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