The phone call that sealed Australian GP’s fate

A late-night phone call between Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius and Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff changed the fate of the Australian Grand Prix, Motorsport.com has learned. In the wake of a McLaren team member being confirmed as having contracted coronavirus, the Woking-based outfit withdrew from the F1 season opener on Thursday night. That move triggered a get-together of the […]

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Australian GP keen to run 'at some later stage'

Formula 1 called off the 2020 Australian GP at the 11th hour on Friday, however, race organisers are hoping to reschedule for later in the year. Although Formula 1 headed to Melbourne for the season-opening race, not a single wheel was turned by a Formula 1 driver. McLaren withdrew from the event on Thursday after announcing that one staff member […]

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Podcast: What really happened behind the scenes in Melbourne

The cancellation of the 2020 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix due to the coronavirus pandemic proved to be a chaotic and farcical episode. The outbreak of COVID-19 has played havoc with the motorsport world, with numerous series forced to cancel and postpone races. F1 fully intended to carry on with the Australian GP, but not even the pinnacle of motorsport […]

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IndyCar, IMS “absolutely focused” on the Indy 500

IndyCar CEO Mark Miles says that the NTT IndyCar Series is focusing on being “absolutely ready with the normal schedule” for the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Following the IndyCar Series’ announcement this morning that the first four rounds of the 2020 season had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the U.S., the current plan […]

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'Very difficult decision' to postpone Vietnam Grand Prix

The promoter for the Vietnam Grand Prix has said that it was a “very difficult decision” to postpone what was scheduled to be their first Formula 1 race. Following the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, it was announced on Friday that the following rounds in Bahrain and Vietnam had been postponed. Vietnam had been gearing up to host […]

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Coca-Cola extend partnership with McLaren

Amidst the chaos in Formula 1, McLaren have some positive news to reveal after they extended their partnership with Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola first signed up to become the official soft drinks partner of McLaren at the back end of 2018 and has continued with rolling one-year extensions. The deal will see Coca-Cola branding be displayed on the side of the MCL35’s […]

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NASCAR postpones Atlanta and Homestead races

In a rapidly changing situation, NASCAR has called off the next two events as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shuts down the sporting world. NASCAR joins most major American sporting leagues in cancelling all activity this weekend due to the mounting threat of the coronavirus. In addition to this weekend’s races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. next weekend’s event at Homestead-Miami […]

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The big questions F1 faces after the cancellation chaos

The cancelled 2020 Australian Grand Prix will surely go down as one of F1’s most farcical episodes. With the dust yet to settle, big questions now arise over the Australia weekend and what F1 does next “An unprecedented situation surely requires an unprecedented response.” That was the ending to this equivalent column – composed largely against a wall opposite the […]

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Teams place staff in quarantine until March 29

Following the McLaren incident, teams will have no workers in their factories until March 29, and they will go into self-selected quarantine upon their return. After a member of the McLaren team tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the team promptly announced their withdrawal from the event. Ultimately the race weekend would be cancelled with […]

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