Formula One gambled and lost on trying to start its 2020 season amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, but its handling of a potential outbreak has called into question the judgement of those running the sport at its highest levels.

The appearance of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus inside the paddock was inevitable for a sport that was due to travel to 22 countries this year. The amount of international transit puts those working in Formula One among the most at risk of contracting the disease, and the confined working environment of each circuit is ideal for rapid transmission.

It was always a matter of when, not if.

Michael catches up with Racer's Chris Medland and Box of Neutrals old mate Abhishek Takle to talk about the race that never was.
The 2020 Formula One Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled.

Never before has a Formula One season opened to such a plethora of unknowns heading into the first round of the season.

Six days of preseason testing revealed few concrete answers to consider in the weeks leading to the Australian Grand Prix.

Mercedes, the reigning six-time constructors champion, was quickest, but the German marque was uncharacteristically unreliable. Power unit problems plagued not only the works team across both three-day sessions but customer Williams too, which endured three frustrating stoppages.

I preview the upcoming Australian and Bahrain grands prix with last year’s podcast guests Rob James from Box of Neutrals and Peter Anderson from

Featuring Lawrence Barretto and Edd Straw. The Australian Grand Prix is set to battle through pestilence and toilet paper shortages, but do we have any chance of having a real championship battle?
Just as Silverstone is the only real destination for the British Grand Prix, so too is Melbourne the only viable home for Formula One in Australia.
We're joined by senior writer Lawrence Barretto and journalist Abhishek Takle to dissect the Valtteri Bottas win than no-one except Michael (by accident) predicted. Rob finds some money on the ground. Peter McGinley takes an early holiday ahead of his second home race in Bahrain.
Okay, it’s far too early to definitively declare Valtteri Bottas as a serious threat to the runaway championship train that is Lewis Hamilton, but you’ve got to admit that a sporting story beginning with several nights of heavy Scandinavian drinking has a certain appeal.
The Australian Grand Prix Strategy Report podcast features Rob James from Box of Neutrals.
Only the bravest of punters would’ve tipped Valtteri Bottas to romp into the setting Melbourne sun at such a convincing canter at the first race of the season.
After protracted legal negotiations with Peter McGinley's legal team about his hours of work and dress code, Box of Neutrals is back for 2019 with a special-length Australian GP preview, and to balance out the (relevant) chat about cigarettes and alcohol, we're joined by ESPN's Laurence Edmondson and Racer's Chris Medland to preview the 2019 season.
Carlos Sainz wins the inaugural Aussie Battler award for his Australian GP performance, we talk lamington varieties, and the first KFC reference of the year makes an appearance.
Cars on track in the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.
There were only five overtakes in the 2018 Australian Grand Prix. Can there be anything done to improve it?
Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the 2018 Australian Grand Prix podium.
Ferrari capitalised on good fortune to snatch victory from Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton.
F1 Strategy Report 2018: Australian Grand Prix with Rob James from Box of Neutrals
Romain Grosjean exits the pits at the Australian Grand Prix.
A lack of wheel gun practice undid what should have been a high-scoring weekend for Haas.