"An unprecedented situation surely requires an unprecedented response."
That was the ending to this equivalent column - composed largely against a wall opposite the Princess Theatre in Melbourne's CBD district, incidentally, on Thursday night. And the 2020 Australian Grand Prix certainly, finally, got something unprecedented.
Formula 1 has never encountered anything like the coronavirus crisis before. The decision to cancel the Albert Park race just hours before its practice action got underway - after it had been decided spectators would be denied entry on public health grounds the day after a McLaren team member had tested positive for COVID-19 - was something else entirely.