News Cancellation GP Australia: The reactions of the Formula 1 teams

06:25  13 march  2020
06:25  13 march  2020 Source:   formel1.de

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" Formula 1 and the FIA, with the full support of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) have therefore taken the decision that all Formula 1 activity for the Australian Grand Prix are cancelled . "We appreciate this is very disappointing news for the thousands of fans due to attend the race and all

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The Formula 1 teams react in different ways to the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix - A lot of support, but also a hidden contradiction

Die Formel-1-Teams rücken unverrichteter Dinge wieder aus Melbourne ab © LAT The Formula 1 teams Moving things out of Melbourne again

Six of the ten Formula 1 teams state in their official statements that they support the decision to cancel the 2020 Australian Grand Prix. Mercedes had already announced before the final cancellation declaration that a cancellation was requested; but did not explicitly state that, should the race take place, you would not take part in it.

As is often the case in press releases, it is important to read between the lines. Red Bull, AlphaTauri and Racing Point would have been ready to compete in Albert Park. AlphaTauri and Racing Point don't comment at all. Also not necessary at AlphaTauri: The two Red Bull teams speak in Formula 1 with one voice.

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“ Formula 1 and the FIA have have been coordinating with all the relevant authorities on the next steps. Our priority is the safety of the fans, the teams and all Formula 1 sat down to discuss the matter; to go ahead with the Australian GP or not. The latter costing millions, the former costing reputation.

Teams pack up after the cancellation of The Australian Formula One Grand Prix after health concerns due to the coronavirus on March 13 2020, at The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Albert Park, Australia . Image: Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images.

Red Bull merely points out that the focus is now on getting the team staff home safely. Against this background, it is interesting that engine partner Honda is fully behind the cancellation.

The Haas team has a special status, which merely "accepts" the decision and thus stands out from the wording of the other teams ("acknowledge", "support"). Apparently because Günther Steiner actually wanted to start his team, but had to follow the recommendation of partner Ferrari.

Regardless of whether they wanted to drive in Melbourne or not: Almost all teams express their understanding of the fans, who are now unable to see a race. Our photo gallery offers an overview of the statements of nine teams, Honda and Pirelli.

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