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Vietnam to quarantine all travellers from Italy

  • Published on 03 Mar 2020 09:15
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ahead of the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix next month, the country will place all travellers from Italy in a 14-day quarantine to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

This could have serious implications for the Formula 1 teams Ferrari and AlphaTauri, as well as F1's official tyre supplier Pirelli, who are all based in Italy.

Vietnam has also confirmed that the quarantine will also apply to travellers from China, South Korea, and Iran.

Italy currently has the third-highest number of worldwide cases, behind only China, where the virus originated, and South Korea.

The F1 championship round in China has already been postponed, while Australia has affirmed that its season-opening race in Melbourne will proceed as planned.

The Vietnamese Grand Prix will take place two weeks after the event in Bahrain, which may force Italian-based employees to stay international before travelling to Vietnam in order to avoid being quarantined. 

Vietnam currently has 16 confirmed cases of the virus, almost half of confirmed cases in Australia, and three times less than Bahrain.

Currently, Hungary is the only country on the 2020 F1 race calendar that does not have a reported case of the virus. In Barcelona last week, team bosses met to discuss the implications that the virus could have on the opening races of the year.

MotoGP has opted to postpone the opening two rounds of the 2020 championship in Qatar and Thailand respectively. 

At pre-season testing, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto was asked about the coronavirus, who says that the situation needs to be managed properly. 

“Certainly, it is a concern and we hope that we can choose our team properly,” he said. “Some of the people have been postponed from the flight [to Melbourne] just so we can make sure and we are of interest for their concerns.

“But I say again, it is really a matter of making sure it is managed properly. We will work together with the FIA and obviously with the team that we can get it worked out.”

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  • And so it begins. I starting to wonder how many races we might lose this season because of the corona virus.

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    • Mar 3 2020 - 19:57
    • Depending on how things go, I'd say we could lose quite a few. Monza is in northern Italy, China is the hotspot for the virus, the heart of its empire. Australia have A LOT of Chinese tourists and students. Japan have multiple reported cases already.

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      • Mar 3 2020 - 20:10
  • There's also Sparco, OZ, Brembo, Marelli and a whole slew of other suppliers located in Italy. So this'll be a propper B time for anyone based in that area. I wonder how this'll turn out.

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    • Mar 3 2020 - 20:06

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13 - Mar 15
Australia
20 - Mar 22
Bahrain
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam
17 - Apr 19
China
1 - May 3
Netherlands
8 - May 10
Spain
21 - May 24
Monaco
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan
12 - Jun 14
Canada
26 - Jun 28
France
3 - Jul 5
Austria
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom
31 - Aug 2
Hungary
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
18 - Sep 20
Singapore
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Japan
23 - Oct 25
United States of America
30 - Nov 1
Mexico
13 - Nov 15
Brazil
27 - Nov 29
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13 - Mar 15
Australia Albert Park
20 - Mar 22
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam Hanoi Circuit
17 - Apr 19
1 - May 3
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
8 - May 10
21 - May 24
Monaco Monte Carlo
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
12 - Jun 14
26 - Jun 28
France Paul Ricard
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom Silverstone
31 - Aug 2
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
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25 - Sep 27
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