Motorsport: Formula 1 start in Melbourne canceled

Motorsport: Formula 1 start in Melbourne canceled

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The start in Melbourne went smoothly in 2019, everything is uncertain in 2020.

• Formula 1 has held on to the start of the season in Australia for a long time and attracted fierce criticism.

• The first race of the season on Sunday in Melbourne is now canceled

• Previously there was a positive Corona case in the McLaren team.

Formula 1 start in Melbourne canceled

The Formula 1 start in Melbourne is postponed due to the corona virus. Formula 1 announced this decision together with the world motorsport association Fia and the local organizer on Friday, the BBC had previously reported.

The first Grand Prix of the year is therefore not taking place in Australia on Sunday (6.10 a.m. / RTL and Sky) as planned and should be relocated. Shortly before, there had been the first coronavirus case in Formula 1 and the McLaren team affected had announced their retreat for the race.

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Because of the epidemic, Formula 1 had to postpone the race planned for April 19 in China. The Bahrain Grand Prix on March 22 will be held in the best case and for safety reasons in front of empty ranks.

The subsequent Vietnam premiere in Hanoi on April 5 is also on the brink. It would therefore not be out of the question for Formula 1 to start the season at the earliest on May 3 in Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

Hamilton’s sharp criticism of the world association

McLaren around his German team boss Andreas Seidl had made the positive test public with one of his employees on Thursday and excluded his own start in Melbourne early.

The race organizers then had discussions with Formula 1, the World Motorsport Association Fia and the Ministry of Health Care and Social Services to discuss the “further effects” and to coordinate the “next steps”.

Before the news, world champion Lewis Hamilton had sharply criticized the start of the Formula 1 start in Australia. “I am very, very surprised that we are here,” said the defending champion. “I think it’s great that we can have races, but it’s shocking that we all sit in this room.”

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