The big questions F1 faces after the cancellation chaos

The cancelled 2020 Australian Grand Prix will surely go down as one of F1’s most farcical episodes. With the dust yet to settle, big questions now arise over the Australia weekend and what F1 does next

“An unprecedented situation surely requires an unprecedented response.”

That was the ending to this equivalent column – composed largely against a wall opposite the Princess Theatre in Melbourne’s CBD district, incidentally, on Thursday night. And the 2020 Australian Grand Prix certainly, finally, got something unprecedented.

Formula 1 has never encountered anything like the coronavirus crisis before. The decision to cancel the Albert Park race just hours before its practice action got underway – after it had been decided spectators would be denied entry on public health grounds the day after a McLaren team member had tested positive for COVID-19 – was something else entirely.

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