Victorian government officials are insisting a decision is yet to be made on Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, as the event faces postponement due to COVID-19 concerns.
The March 21 event at Melbourne's Albert Park is in severe doubt due to strict travel restrictions facing travellers from overseas.
Those rules mean members of F1's travelling circus including drivers, team officials and support staff would all face a fortnight of hotel quarantine upon arrival.
It's a similar scenario to that being faced by the world's top tennis professionals ahead of the Australian Open next month.
Organisers of that event have told players they must arrive in Australia by the middle of January to serve 14 days of self-isolation.
It's understood a postponement announcement for the Grand Prix is likely to be made later in January with organisers trying to find a date later in the season for the event.
"As far as I know, there has been no decision made to cancel, move or otherwise with the Australian Grand Prix," Victoria's Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville told reporters on Tuesday.
"Those conversations are live and active, absolutely."
If the event is postponed it would mean the 2021 F1 season would begin in Bahrain on March 28.
F1 bosses remain hopeful of completing a record-breaking 23-race schedule although finding a suitable window to hold the Australian event later in the year poses a significant challenge.
Free dates for the F1 season are in September, October or November.
A postponement would also be the second year the Melbourne event has been affected by the COVID pandemic with last year's race cancelled just hours before the opening practice session when a mechanic from McLaren tested positive for coronavirus.
Supercars will also have to rejig their calendar if the Grand Prix is postponed with the second round of the championship scheduled for Albert Park as a support category to the F1.
Melbourne track Sandown looms as the likely replacement venue for that event after it was listed as a "flex option" on the 2021 season calendar.
Ticket sales for this year's Australian Grand Prix are yet to begin due to the uncertainty.
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