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News Formula 1 team boss: racing without McLaren would have been "unfair"

09:30  13 march  2020
09:30  13 march  2020 Source:   formel1.de

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Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team boss Fred Vasseur says that running the Australian Grand Prix without McLaren would have been unfair on the British team . McLaren announced its withdrawal from the Melbourne race late on Thursday evening after a team member tested positive for coronavirus.

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"It was the right decision," said Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur about the cancellation of the Formula 1 opener race in Australia. "Even if it is always difficult for a racer to make such a decision."

In conversation with 'Motorsport-Total.com', Vasseur emphasizes that Formula 1 actually had no other choice: "First of all, you have to think about your employees, the safety of the fans, the image of the racing series and the sponsors . "

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Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team boss Fred Vasseur says that running the Australian GP without McLaren would have been unfair on the British team . McLaren announced its withdrawal from the Melbourne race late on Thursday evening after a team member was tested positive for the coronavirus.

Another factor also came into play in Melbourne: McLaren had already announced in advance due to a coronavirus infection in the team that it would not take part in the race. There was no talk of a complete cancellation of the Grand Prix.

Calendar 2020 is in question

"It would have been a bit unfair if only McLaren had stayed away from the race," said Vasseur.

In any case, from a sporting point of view it was bitter to leave without having to use the track. "Everyone in the racing team and in the factory worked like crazy to be ready until Melbourne," explains the team leader. "Now we pack everything together and then let's see how it goes on."

Because the Formula 1 racing calendar 2020 actually includes the next Grand Prix in a week in Bahrain. So far it is known that this race will take place without spectators - if it takes place at all.

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McLaren issued a statement Friday saying the other team members had also been placed in quarantine in a Melbourne hotel for 14 days in accordance with local health guidelines. Alfa Romeo F 1 boss : Racing without McLaren would 've been unfair .

What's next for Melbourne?

Vasseur hopes for clarity soon: "We have a meeting with the Formula 1 management today. Then we will also talk about the calendar."

There is currently speculation, for example, whether several races have to be canceled at the beginning of the season and whether the Formula 1 season 2020 will not even start in Baku until June.

, according to Vasseur, however, so far only one thing is certain: "The situation is anything but simple. It is a major catastrophe around the world."

"Formula 1," he continues, "is not the center of the world. So let's take it step by step. The first step is never an easy one."

the latter also applies to the decision to cancel Formula 1 in Melbourne, Vasseur said. "It's just a shame that this decision may have been made a little too late. But [the situation] exploded extremely quickly [at the end]."

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