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Australian GP boss explains "timing" confusion

Australian Grand Prix Corporation boss Andrew Westacott has talked through the "perfect storm" that led to confusion for fans on the morning the event was cancelled.

Steiner: Team disagreement on cancellation “normal”

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says it was “normal” that there were clashing views among Formula 1 teams when cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix was first discussed.

Alfa Romeo: It would've been "unfair" to race without McLaren

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team boss Fred Vasseur says that running the Australian GP without McLaren would have been unfair on the British team.

"No suggestion whatsoever" Australian GP put F1 in danger

The Australian Grand Prix chief is confident Formula 1 was not put in danger by its visit to Melbourne prior to the race's cancellation after a paddock coronavirus diagnosis.

Red Bull would have protested Mercedes' DAS in Australia

Red Bull was poised to protest Mercedes at the Australian Grand Prix if the German car manufacturer had run with its Dual Axis Steering (DAS) system, Motorsport.com has learned.

Australian GP not giving up on rescheduling F1 race

Australian Grand Prix chief Andrew Westacott will discuss the possibility of rescheduling the race for later in the year with Formula 1 following its cancellation.

F1 considered paddock 'lockdown' for Australian GP

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Formula 1 chiefs did consider putting the paddock in 'lockdown' to try to continue with the Australian Grand Prix, but the move did not get the support of teams.

Pirelli scraps 1800 F1 tyres after Australian GP cancellation

Pirelli has been forced to scrap 1800 of its Formula 1 tyres after the cancellation of the Australian GP without a single lap being run – but they will have a second life as fuel for an Oxfordshire cement factory.

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.

Podcast: What really happened behind the scenes in Melbourne Australian GP
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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.

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Carey says F1 "made the right decisions" over Australian GP

Chase Carey has defended Formula 1's decision-making prior to the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix as a result of a coronavirus diagnosis in the paddock.

Australian GP working on spectator refunds

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation will 'work with fans' on providing refunds to eligible Albert Park ticket holders.

Fourteen McLaren team members quarantined in Melbourne

McLaren has confirmed 14 further team members have been placed in a two-week quarantine after coming into close contact with the individual who tested positive for coronavirus this week.

Horner: More delays to start of F1 2020 season now “inevitable”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says it is inevitable there will be further delays to the start of the Formula 1 season after the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled.

Australian GP: Melbourne non-event in photos

Check out the scenes as Formula 1 endured a disastrous Australian Grand Prix, the event being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic only after hundreds of fans had already queued up to gain entry to Friday practice. Click on the images above to cycle through them.

Only three F1 teams were willing to run in Melbourne

Just three Formula 1 teams were willing to continue to run in Melbourne had Australian Grand Prix not been cancelled by the authorities this morning – opening up the bizarre prospect of a repeat of the 2005 US GP, when just six cars took part. Story by Adam Cooper.

Australian Grand Prix officially cancelled Australian GP
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Australian Grand Prix officially cancelled

Australian Grand Prix organisers, Formula 1 and the FIA have agreed to cancel the season opener in Melbourne due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fans banned from attending Australian GP

Fans have been banned from attending the Australian Grand Prix amid the coronavirus outbreak, with the state’s health authorities stepping in on Friday morning.

Australian GP pushes on with event despite F1 cancellation

Australian Grand Prix organisers plan to push on with the rest of its event, despite the expected imminent cancellation of the Formula 1 race.

Australian GP set to be called off over coronavirus threat

The Australian Grand Prix is set to be called off following a team meeting in Melbourne on Thursday night, high level sources have revealed.

The nightmare F1 was never going to avoid

Despite its defiance in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, reality has hit at the heart of the F1 paddock. McLaren has withdrawn from the Australian Grand Prix after a team member was diagnosed with the virus, and now questions are being posed as to what happens next - and whether this should have even happened in the first place

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Australian GP issues update on nine F1 paddock coronavirus tests

Australian Grand Prix promoters are "in discussions" with the FIA, Formula 1 and the Victorian state regarding the "broader implications" of a McLaren team member testing positive for coronavirus.

McLaren F1 team withdraws from Australian GP due to coronavirus Australian GP
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McLaren F1 team withdraws from Australian GP due to coronavirus

McLaren has withdrawn from the Australian Grand Prix after one of its team members tested positive for coronavirus.

Australian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images provide us with the best technical images from the pitlane as preparations get underway for the Australian GP

Bottas: Mercedes will need to "calculate" risk of DAS protest

Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes intends to use its DAS system in the Formula 1 opener in Australia, but admits the team will have to assess the possibility of a rival team protest.

F1 drivers will "pull handbrake" if virus situation worsens

Sebastian Vettel says Formula 1 drivers would have no qualms in "pulling the handbrake" on the Australian Grand Prix if the coronavirus situation escalates.

Hamilton: "Shocking" that Australian GP is still on

World champion Lewis Hamilton says it is "shocking" that Formula 1 has gone ahead with the Australian Grand Prix amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Two more Haas F1 personnel self-isolated in Melbourne

Two more Haas F1 Team personnel have been put into self-isolation at the Australian Grand Prix after being tested for coronavirus.

Ricciardo shows off bold new helmet design

Home hero Daniel Ricciardo has revealed his bold new crash helmet design ahead of the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

F1 teams agree to scrap TV scrums amid Covid-19 fears

Formula 1 teams agreed on Thursday to scrap television media scrums with drivers as a precaution amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Full 2020 Australian Grand Prix weekend schedule

Check out the full weekend schedule for the opening round of the 2020 Formula 1 season, the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Video: How F1 is facing up to coronavirus and the Ferrari row Australian GP
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Video: How F1 is facing up to coronavirus and the Ferrari row

Direct from Melbourne, Australia, here’s what our experts have to say about the coronavirus health situation that Formula 1 is facing up to this weekend, plus what Max Verstappen had to say about the Ferrari 2019 power unit row.

How Red Bull struck an early tech blow against Mercedes Australian GP
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How Red Bull struck an early tech blow against Mercedes

A wheel has yet to be turned in the Formula 1 World Championship but tensions are already high in Melbourne, as the teams begin to jockey for position and dispute the legality of each other’s machines.

Australian GP: Best images as Melbourne gears up

Check out the best images as the Formula 1 circus descended on Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix, as a new season begins amid the spectre of coronavirus. Click on the images above to cycle through them.

Coronavirus making Australian GP atmosphere "different" - Albon Australian GP
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Coronavirus making Australian GP atmosphere "different" - Albon

Red Bull's Alex Albon says the 2020 Formula 1 season opener will feel "different" as emergency measures are introduced at the Australian Grand Prix because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Albert Park 'gutter' re-profiled ahead of Australian GP

The 'gutter' that left Daniel Ricciardo's front wing in tatters on the opening lap of last year's Australian Grand Prix has been re-profiled ahead of this year's Albert Park race.

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Australian GP cans autograph sessions, selfies

Autograph sessions will be replaced by Q&A interviews during the Australian Grand Prix weekend in a bid to limit interaction between drivers and fans.

Five things to look out for in the Australian GP

Motorsport.com’s Global Editor-in-Chief Charles Bradley gives his views as the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship gets set to kick off in Melbourne, Australia this weekend.

Coronavirus scare at Albert Park Hotel on eve of Australian GP

A restaurant next to the Albert Park track is at the centre of a coronavirus scare after a 70-year-old Australian man, who has since been diagnosed with Covid-19, attended a function there on Saturday.

Gallery: Australian GP setup in full swing

Despite the coronavirus fears, Tuesday’s Australian Grand Prix setup activity was full steam ahead, with Charles Leclerc taking an early lap on a bicycle with his girlfriend Charlotte Sine and operations manager Morgan Caron, before catching up with his Ferrari mechanics. Lance Stroll, meanwhile, took on retired tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt in Melbourne Park.

Ferrari hopes Australian GP can cheer Italy amid Covid-19 crisis

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto says he hopes that his team can “put a smile on people’s faces” this weekend as a distraction from the coronavirus crisis in Italy.

Ferrari travelling to F1 opener as planned despite Italy lockdown

The Ferrari Formula 1 team says its preparations for the Australian Grand Prix are continuing as planned, despite the lockdown announced by the Italian government that has affected a large part of the country.

Australia tightens Italy travel restrictions, resists ban

The Australian federal government has tightened travel restrictions for passengers coming from Italy, but resisted a total ban, as the tense countdown to next week's Formula 1 race in Melbourne continues.

Pirelli unveils teams' first tyre selections for 2020

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has revealed the teams' selections for the opening round of the 2020 championship, the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian GP "going ahead" despite coronavirus fears

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation says it's expecting the season-opening Albert Park race to go ahead as planned, despite ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus.

Track changes could happen by 2021 Australian GP

Major resurfacing works at Albert Park, including tweaks to the current layout, could happen before the 2021 Australian Grand Prix.

Melbourne tram strike targets Australian GP

The Australian Grand Prix has been caught up in a bitter pay dispute between Yarra Trams and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.