Formula 1 bosses have decided to cancel the Australian Grand Prix after teams and drivers expressed concerns over coronavirus.
The race, which was due to be held at Albert Park Circuit, was abandoned eight hours after a McLaren team member tested positive for the virus.
Pressure mounted on F1 bosses after Ferrari reportedly expressed concerns, before Mercedes sent a letter requesting the race be cancelled.
“We share the disappointment of the sport’s fans that this race cannot go ahead as planned,” read the letter. “However, the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our team members and of the wider F1 community are our absolute priority.
“In light of the force majeure events we are experiencing with regards to the coronavirus pandemic, we no longer feel the safety of our employees can be guaranteed if we continue to take part in the event.”
The news now raises questions over the remainder of the F1 season, with the Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled to take place next week without spectators.