Renault has confirmed its Formula 1 race crew that attended the Australian Grand Prix are "safe" and currently undergoing a self-isolation period as a precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The planned season-opener in Australia was called off after an outbreak of coronavirus in the F1 paddock resulted in McLaren pulling out of the event following a positive COVID-19 test for a member of its race team.

McLaren subsequently placed 14 members of its team in quarantine for a 14-day period and announced on Monday that the member who contracted coronavirus was recovering well and no longer had symptoms of the flu-like virus.

Members of the Haas crew also self-isolated in Melbourne as a precaution after four of its team were tested after having symptoms. All four test results came back negative.

“Thank you all for your kind wishes; we can confirm that the race team made it home, everyone is safe & self-isolating for now,” a short Renault F1 team statement read.

"Both Enstone and Viry are busy planning the coming weeks until we know when we can race again.”

The start of the F1 season has been heavily delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with the first four races in Australia, Bahrain, China and Vietnam all being postponed.

While the returning Dutch Grand Prix and Spanish Grand Prix are also in major doubt of going ahead, F1 is hopeful of beginning the campaign at the end of May in Monaco, though the principality is continuing to monitor the development of the coronavirus outbreak as the worldwide spread continues.

 

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