The head of Red Bull relies on F1 to make the right decision in the Chinese Grand Prix
LONDON: The Chinese Grand Prix will be discussed by Formula One This week, amid speculation, the Shanghai race on April 19 could join a growing list of sporting events affected by the coronavirus .
The grand prize is scheduled as the fourth round of what would be a record season of 22 races.
Red Bull Team leader Christian Horner told reporters on Monday that the situation was being carefully monitored and relied on the judgment of the FIA and the holder of commercial rights Liberty Media.
"They are responsible for the health and wellbeing of not just the drivers in Formula One , but all the staff, all the travelling members of the media," he said.
I am sure they will take the necessary due diligence before committing to delay or postpone or cancel the race. Therefore, we have to trust his judgment, his knowledge.
We monitor the situation very closely. I am sure it will be on the agenda of the Wednesday strategy meeting where we will have the next update, he added.
The Strategy Group is part of the government of the sport and is made up of representatives of the FIA and the Formula, as well as six of the 10 teams.
Motor sport has already been affected by the virus, and the weekend's all-electric Formula E series canceled its Chinese round scheduled for Sanya on March 21.
The death toll in China from the epidemic has increased to 361, with an increasing number of countries reporting cases. Some airlines have suspended flights to China, while governments have advised against all non-essential trips.
At this time we couldn't send anyone because they couldn't get there, said Horner.
Red Bull 's race-winning Dutch driver Max Verstappen, expected to be a title contender this year, said he was not concerned about the situation as things stood.
At the moment it does not look very good, but it is still a long way, so I am not too worried about that now, said the 22-year-old. We simply wait for the decision and see what happens. I don't worry too much in life.
Some media reports have also suggested that China could exchange dates with Russia, whose career is scheduled for September, but that seems unlikely.
A spokesman for the Sochi Racetrack and the Russian promoter ROSGONKI told Reuters that there had been no approach and that the dates remained as established in the calendar.