The virus, which has killed more than 1,800 people in China, has trashed Asia's sporting calendar, forcing the postponement of top events including the Hong Kong Sevens rugby.
Veteran driver Ryan Newman seriously injured.
Five-car QMMF team to challenge for honours in competitive T3 category.
Red Bull racer Verstappen had said much of Hamilton's success was down to the excellence of his Mercedes car.
Several British media outlets ran unsourced reports on Wednesday saying the Shanghai race, the fourth of the new season, will be either postponed or cancelled.
The opening round of the FIA World Cup will run over five days and around 1,430 competitive kilometres in a route of 2,200km.
Lotus Elise driver Al Maadheed is now 19 points ahead of second-placed Ibrahim Al Abdulghani in the standings.
Hamad Al Sahouti clinched the overall title in In the QSTK 300 Supersport championship.
Oman’s Abdullah Al Rawahi takes second; Oman’s Al Ofi wins MERC 2.
In the QSTK Trophy, the fastest rider was Jeremy Parola followed by Rayad Al Emadi and Alexander Qabazard.
Oman’s Abdullah Al Rawahi in second place; Oman’s Al Ofi leads MERC 2
Oman’s Abdullah Al Ruwahi, partnered by Jordanian navigator Ata Al Hmoud, snatched second place.
Defending regional champion Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah tops the seeded entry list in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
The 22-year-old Dutchman could prove Hamilton's closest challenger this year, following Red Bull's strong finish to the end of last season.
QMA Challenge is a new championship launched by the Academy in the 2019-2010 season and includes four races.