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Coronavirus: F1 will look to reschedule Chinese Grand Prix, says Ross Brawn

Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen were Red Bull team-mates at last year’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai

Ross Brawn says Formula 1 will look to reschedule the Chinese Grand Prix if it cannot be held on its original date because of the coronavirus outbreak.

It is due to be held in Shanghai on 19 April but is in doubt with the disease having killed more than 560 people.

Brawn said the race will be postponed if “there is a probability it doesn’t happen in April”.

“We will leave open the opportunity to see if the race can run later in the year,” added F1’s managing director.

“China is an enthusiastic, growing market so we’d like to have a race in China.”

The situation was discussed at a meeting of F1’s strategy group of bosses and teams on Wednesday with no conclusion.

F1 is waiting for the Chinese authorities to make a decision on the race.

“It looks very difficult,” Brawn told reporters.