Formula One boss Chase Carey insisted that it was too early on Friday to say whether other races this season would be canceled due to growing fears of coronavirus, as McLaren said 15 team members were now in quarantine .
The pen was pulled at the last minute of the opening Grand Prix of the year in Australia because of concerns about a positive McLaren employee.
The team retired from the Melbourne race and McLaren said another 14 employees were quarantined at the team hotel for two weeks in accordance with local health agency guidelines.
They were all in close contact with the person who tested positive.
"All other team members who show symptoms are tested immediately and self-isolated according to our protocol," said McLaren.
With so many employees out of action, McLaren's participation in the next race in Bahrain this month, which the organizers have said will go without fans, is questionable.
Carey refused to speak about whether Bahrain and the third Grand Prix in Hanoi would also be canceled, and insisted that it was too early to say so given the current situation.
The fourth race in China has already been postponed, with Holland to run to Vietnam.
“At the moment we are dealing with the problems in Australia. We will be dealing with upcoming races such as Bahrain and Vietnam in the coming days, ”said Carey in Melbourne.
“And we will have more announcements and decisions about how we will manage the short-term elements of our schedule. We know there are problems there. "
Carey, who was in Hanoi this week to discuss the first Vietnamese race, said the situation was changing so quickly that it was difficult to predict what might happen.
"It is a pretty difficult situation to predict," he said, describing the situation as "fluid".
"I will use the last five days and you will see how things have changed in the past five days. I think it is unrealistic to predict what it will look like in the future."
"Everyone wants an answer, we would like to have an answer," he added. "I think you can't force an answer to something that you don't have an answer to right now."
In view of the threatening, lucrative 22-race calendar, it was discussed whether canceled races could be postponed for later in the year.
But Carey said there was no point in thinking so far ahead.
"I do not currently think it is productive to respond to hypotheses," he said.
“In the longer term, we will see where it develops. Obviously everyone hopes that the world will return to a place where it is a working world and working marketing places. "
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