Vietnam Grand Prix Under Threat Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Published 02/13/2020, 9:01 AM EST


After the FIA formally postponed the Chinese Grand Prix due to the coronavirus plague, consideration has now gone to the Vietnam Grand Prix which could likewise be in question following a lock-down of a few towns close to Hanoi.

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Hanoi’s closeness with China has prompted the danger of the novel coronavirus spreading to Vietnam’s capital which is set to have an F1 Grand Prix for the absolute first time on April 5. Son Loi, found only 40 kilometers from Hanoi, turning into the primary mass isolate in the nation.

The advancement doesn’t look good for Formula 1. Also for the coordinators of Vietnam Grand Prix whose groups of laborers are finishing the scene’s circuit and infrastructure.

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Moreover, travel limitations in China and South-East Asia following the infection episode could unleash ruin on Formula 1’s logistics for the season-opening round in Melbourne, Australia. Significant air terminals and center points in the district are increasing counteraction estimates which thus might upset travel and treatment of cargo.

Vietnam Grand Prix on the verge of cancellation?

The FIA gave an announcement on Wednesday demanding it stayed mindful of continuous improvements.

“Following the coronavirus epidemic that broke out at the beginning of the year and, to date, has mainly affected China. The FIA is closely monitoring the evolving situation with relevant authorities and its Member Clubs, under the direction of FIA Medical Commission President, Professor Gérard Saillant.

“The FIA will evaluate the calendar of its forthcoming races. If necessary, take any action required to help protect the global motorsport community and the wider public.”

Kevin Magnussen, thinks Vietnam being canceled as well as is a possibility. That would leave a six-week gap in the 2020 calendar.

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“We’ll have to see,”

“Vietnam is right before China (on the calendar), so we’ll have to keep an eye on that too. It’s a pity, but it does mean a mini-holiday for us,” Magnussen said.

F1’s loss of income due to the Chinese GP cancellation is reportedly around $30 million. That number would double if Vietnam now follows suit.

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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