CORONAVIRUS has swept across the globe with thousands already dying due to the outbreak.
With little sign of the spread slowing down, bosses in every sport are preparing contingency plans to avoid getting any others infected.
Formula One is no different, with one race already postponed, while discussions are underway for further action surrounding coronavirus outbreak.
What races have been cancelled due to coronavirus?
The Chinese Grand Prix was postponed in mid-February with the Shanghai circuit 500 miles from Wuhan – where the coronavirus outbreak began.
The F1 bosses have insisted that they will try to find room for it in the calendar, but with 22 races being scheduled, this could be unlikely.
The inaugural Vietnam GP is currently going ahead, despite the Hanoi track being just 100 miles from the border of China.
The new circuit continues to be built as they prepare for their first foray into F1 on April 5.
Yet, the races under threat, with Italy ravaged by the virus.
Ferrari has had to close its museums in Maranello and Modena, while Alpha Tauri – formerly Toro Rosso – are also based in the north of the country in Faenza.
Although it is not until September 6, the current situation in Italy could mean the Monza Grand Prix is called off.
When will the season start?
For the time being, hopes are that the Australian Grand Prix will remain the season opener on March 15.
But, while the Oceanic nation has not been hit as bad as other countries by the coronavirus, it is fast becoming a logistical nightmare to get to Melbourne.
Aside from AlphaTauri and Ferrari – along with tyre suppliers Pirelli – all coming from Italy, most teams will have to travel via Singapore, Hong Kong and in the Middle East.
They have all cancelled flights in a bid to prevent the virus from being spread further into their countries.
Yet, it may not stop at the Australian GP with F1 boss Chase Carey heading to Spain to speak with fellow directors over postponing the first FOUR races.
The Bahrain Grand Prix would pose similar problems to Australia amid travelling difficulties.
Meanwhile, it is still unconfirmed whether Vietnam is secure enough from the virus to proceed with the race.
That would mean the first GP of the season may not be until May 3 at the returning Zandvoort track in Holland.
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