Australian GP rubbishes boycott talk

Australian Grand Prix organisers have denied Formula One teams have discussed plans to boycott the race amid safety fears following Fernando Alonso's accident.

Germany's Sport Bild newspaper reported some teams were ready to boycott the season opener because of the uncertainty surrounding the McLaren driver's crash and his absence from the Melbourne event.

Sport Bild cited an unnamed team boss saying "Honda must provide answers to the FIA" in order to put the fears to rest.

But Australian GP Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott said there was no truth to the rumours.

"We're talking to the teams, Formula One and the FIA multiple times every day and a boycott certainly hasn't been raised or discussed," Westacott told the Australian Associated Press.

"All the teams are coming to Melbourne; they're excited about the start of the new season, the freight is on its way, Formula One personnel are on site at Albert Park setting up the broadcast and from our perspective it's 100 per cent all systems go.

"We hold no fears about anything apart from containing the enthusiasm of the Australian public across the four days."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso
Teams McLaren
Article type Breaking news
Tags australian gp