|← 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|| ||2020 Bahrain Grand Prix →|
|Date||March 15, 2020|
|Official Name||LXXXV Rolex Australian Grand Prix|
|Location|| Albert Park Circuit|
|Course|| Temporary street circuit,|
|Distance||58 laps, 307.574km (191.117 miles)|
The 2020 Australian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020) was scheduled to be the first race of the 2020 Formula One Season, the 36th time of the Australian Grand Prix and the 25th time of the Albert Park Circuit, due to be held from March 13 to March 15 2020.
In the build-up to the race weekend, the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic, which originated from Hubei province, China since December 2019, had resulted in the Chinese Grand Prix being postponed. Various sporting events have been postponed or canceled as well, including Formula E, who postponed the races at Sanya, Rome, Paris, Seoul and Jakarta, and MotoGP, who cancelled the opening race at Qatar and postponed races at Thailand, Texas and Argentina. Italy had become one of the worst-hit countries from the pandemic, causing teams based in Italy, Ferrari and AlphaTauri to express concerns on leaving the quarantine zone, due to the lockdown the country has imposed. In response, Ross Brawn, the managing director of the sport, announced that Grands Prix would not go ahead if a team were blocked from entering a host nation, but added that a race could take place if a team voluntarily chose not to enter a host nation. Organizers of the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place one week after the Australian race, announced that spectators would not be permitted to attend the event. Organizers of the Australian Grand Prix opted against similar measures, instead moving to minimize contact between spectators and competitors.
Five crew members, four from Haas and one from McLaren were entered into quarantine upon arrival after displaying symptoms. On March 12, the day before FP1 and FP2, the McLaren team member was tested positive for the virus, prompting McLaren to withdraw from the weekend. The race weekend was ultimately announced to be canceled on the following day.
Following the cancellation, it was announced that the following Bahrain Grand Prix and the Vietnam Grand Prix were to be postponed as well.
|V T E||Australian Grand Prix|
|Circuits||Adelaide Street Circuit (1985–1995) • Albert Park Circuit (1996–present)|
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