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News Official: McLaren does not take part in the Australian Grand Prix!

14:55  12 march  2020
14:55  12 march  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is no longer going to happen. The FIA, Formula 1’s governing body, announced just hours before practice for the In addition to canceling Australia , F1 announced Friday morning in the United States that it had postponed the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Vietnam

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One day before the start of training in Melbourne's Albert Park, the first team withdrew its participation in the Australian Grand Prix ( Formula 1 2020 live in the ticker! ). McLaren officially announced late Thursday night that it would not be participating in the season opener.

As of Thursday afternoon (local time), five Formula 1 employees (an engineer and three mechanics from the Haas team and a McLaren employee) were suspected of being infected with the corona virus. While the Haas employees tested negative, the suspicion of the McLaren employee has now been confirmed.

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This weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne has been cancelled. The news follows McLaren ’s withdrawal from the race on A statement issued jointly by F1, governing body the FIA and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation read: "Following the confirmation that a member of

The team drew its conclusions from this and informed Formula 1 and the FIA ​​that the race weekend would be missed.

McLaren boss Zak Brown and team principal Andreas Seidl made the decision "out of responsibility towards McLaren employees and McLaren partners" as well as "towards employees of other teams, Formula 1 fans and all other Formula 1 stakeholders".

"The team has prepared for this eventuality," McLaren wrote in an official statement. The employee now has to quarantine in Australia and is treated on site. There will be full cooperation with the health authorities.

Before the McLaren retreat became known, drivers like Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel had already announced that the Grand Prix should be canceled. Vettel even indicated that he would "pull the handbrake" if necessary, which observers interpreted as a threat of strike.

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The 107% rule was thus introduced at the 1996 Australian Grand Prix . It was breached immediately, as Forti By the tenth round of the championship, the British Grand Prix , the team was running out of money and made only a token attempt to qualify after not taking part in the preceding free practice

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McLaren pilot Lando Norris had expressed concern about the coronavirus pandemic early Thursday afternoon, when the positive test result was not yet known: "The only thing we have to do is be a little bit more on the safe side in terms of hygiene. And doing nothing stupid in the sense of hugging too many people or something. "

"Apart from that, we are here because we believe that we will have a race here and that everything will go as normal. With a few additional precautions here and there."

teammate Carlos Sainz was more reserved. In retrospect, his words sound almost prophetic. It was already clear to him that it would take "a little bit of luck" to get the season off going smoothly. Because: "Everyone now knows how quickly this thing develops."

Formula 1 officials have so far always excluded a Grand Prix with fewer than ten teams. However, official difficulties were assumed, for example if a team could not enter a country. In the event of a voluntary waiver such as that of McLaren, a cancellation has not yet been considered.

The public pressure on Formula 1 decision-makers to cancel the season opener continues to grow. The mood in the paddock in Melbourne on Thursday had already tipped towards incomprehension . A decision as to how to proceed is still pending.

( Further current information about cancellations due to coronavirus and additional information can be found in our Coronavirus ticker! )

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