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GP da Austrália: Três equipes estavam prontas para ir à pista em Melbourne

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GP da Austrália: Três equipes estavam prontas para ir à pista em Melbourne
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12 de mar de 2020 23:36

Em meio ao debate sobre o cancelamento, três das dez equipes do grid afirmaram estar dispostas a continuar com o final de semana

Depois de quase doze horas de espera, finalmente saiu a decisão: o GP da Austrália da Fórmula 1 está cancelado. Ao longo dessas horas, muitas dúvidas foram levantadas, e as próprias equipes não sabiam o que fazer até o anúncio oficial. Mas, caso a corrida tivesse seguido em frente, algumas equipes estariam prontas para ir à pista.

Das dez equipes do grid da F1, três estavam dispostas a seguir com o final de semana, o que criaria uma possibilidade de repetição do clássico GP dos Estados Unidos de 2005, quando apenas seis carros participaram da prova.

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Red Bull, AlphaTauri e Racing Point estavam com tudo pronto, enquanto as demais já estavam dando as atividades como encerradas. Um membro de uma das equipes disse ao Motorsport.com: "Nós vivemos pela corrida e estamos aqui pela corrida".

Suas posições ficaram claras em um encontro com Ross Brawn em um hotel no centro de Melbourne na noite passada, após o anúncio de que a McLaren não participaria do GP, após um membro da equipe testar positivo para o coronavírus.

A maioria das equipes queriam cancelar a prova, mas Christian Horner, Franz Tost e Otmar Szafnauer afirmaram que suas equipes estariam presentes a não ser que as autoridades proibissem sua presença no local por questões de segurança.

Isso deu início a uma complexa noite com discussões legais entre a F1, a FIA e o governo do estado de Vitória sobre quais seriam os próximos passos e quem seria o responsável pela decisão, com todas as implicações financeiras óbvias.

Mercedes, Ferrari e Renault - as três equipes de fábrica - foram veementemente contra a realização da corrida, com os campeões mundiais escrevendo uma carta explicando sua decisão.

"Nós dividimos a tristeza com os fãs do esporte. Mas a saúde física e mental e o bem-estar de nossa equipe e da comunidade da F1 são nossas prioridades", afirmou a equipe em comunicado. "Não sentimos mais que a segurança de nossa equipe está garantida caso continuemos no evento".

Na sexta de manhã, apenas funcionários de logística estiveram na pista. As garagens de Ferrari e Mercedes estavam fechadas às 10h, horário local, uma hora antes do início do primeiro treino livre, o que seria uma quebra no regulamento. A da Renault estava aberta, mas os carros ainda estavam em condições de parque fechado, cobertos.

As garagens das outras seis equipes estavam abertas, mas apenas as três citadas acima estavam fazendo preparações sérias para ir à pista no horário marcado.

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Queues outside Gate 10
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Queues outside Gate 10
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Queues outside Gate 10
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Queues outside Gate 10
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Queues outside Gate 10
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Queues outside Gate 10
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Zsolt Baumgartner leaves the pits in the F1 2-seater

Zsolt Baumgartner leaves the pits in the F1 2-seater
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The standard night-time curfew sign outside the paddock entrance swipe gates

The standard night-time curfew sign outside the paddock entrance swipe gates
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The Mercedes team start to pack up in the pit lane

The Mercedes team start to pack up in the pit lane
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The McLaren pits

The McLaren pits
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Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, FOM arrives at the circuit

Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, FOM arrives at the circuit
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Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, FOM

Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, FOM
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Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, FOM

Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, FOM
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Renault packing crates in the paddock

Renault packing crates in the paddock
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Red Bull Racing team members at work

Red Bull Racing team members at work
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Packing crates outside the Renault garage in the paddock

Packing crates outside the Renault garage in the paddock
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Packing crates outside the McLaren garage in the paddock

Packing crates outside the McLaren garage in the paddock
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Packing crates outside the McLaren garage in the paddock

Packing crates outside the McLaren garage in the paddock
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Helmut Marko, Consultant, Red Bull Racing, talks to the media

Helmut Marko, Consultant, Red Bull Racing, talks to the media
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Hand Sanitiser dispenser outside the empty McLaren hospitality area in the paddock

Hand Sanitiser dispenser outside the empty McLaren hospitality area in the paddock
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Hand Sanitiser dispenser outside the empty McLaren hospitality area in the paddock

Hand Sanitiser dispenser outside the empty McLaren hospitality area in the paddock
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Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1, arrives in the paddock

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1, arrives in the paddock
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Franz Tost, Team Principal, AlphaTauri, Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing, and Helmut Marko, Consultant, Red Bull Racing, in the paddock

Franz Tost, Team Principal, AlphaTauri, Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing, and Helmut Marko, Consultant, Red Bull Racing, in the paddock
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Fans queue at the delayed opening gates

Fans queue at the delayed opening gates
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Empty track and grandstands at turn 1

Empty track and grandstands at turn 1
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Empty grandstands

Empty grandstands
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Empty grandstands

Empty grandstands
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Empty grandstands

Empty grandstands
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Empty grandstands

Empty grandstands
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Alfa Romeo personnel arrive at the track

Alfa Romeo personnel arrive at the track
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A Racing Point RP20 under covers in the garage

A Racing Point RP20 under covers in the garage
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Zsolt Baumgartner leaves the pits in the F1 2-seater

Zsolt Baumgartner leaves the pits in the F1 2-seater
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The sun rises over the paddock.

The sun rises over the paddock.
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The sun rises over the Melbourne skyline

The sun rises over the Melbourne skyline
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The Red Bull Racing garage in the pit lane

The Red Bull Racing garage in the pit lane
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The McLaren pit wall stand

The McLaren pit wall stand
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The McLaren gantry over the pitbox

The McLaren gantry over the pitbox
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The back of the McLaren garage

The back of the McLaren garage
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The AlphaTauri garage

The AlphaTauri garage
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Team personnel wait for the standard nightly curfew to be lifted outside the paddock gates

Team personnel wait for the standard nightly curfew to be lifted outside the paddock gates
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Screens in front of the Haas garages

Screens in front of the Haas garages
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Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, FOM, arrives in the paddocl

Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, FOM, arrives in the paddocl
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Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, FOM, arrives in the paddock

Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, FOM, arrives in the paddock
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Ron Meadows, Sporting Director, Mercedes AMG, and Alan Permane, Sporting Director, Renault Sport F1 Team

Ron Meadows, Sporting Director, Mercedes AMG, and Alan Permane, Sporting Director, Renault Sport F1 Team
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Ron Meadows, Sporting Director, Mercedes AMG

Ron Meadows, Sporting Director, Mercedes AMG
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Race Marshals leave their positions on the news that the event is cancelled

Race Marshals leave their positions on the news that the event is cancelled
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Programme sellers

Programme sellers
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Paddock staff make preparations with the race trophy

Paddock staff make preparations with the race trophy
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Outside the McLaren hospitality area

Outside the McLaren hospitality area
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McLaren team members in the paddock

McLaren team members in the paddock
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Mario Isola, Racing Manager, Pirelli Motorsport

Mario Isola, Racing Manager, Pirelli Motorsport
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Mario Isola, Racing Manager, Pirelli Motorsport

Mario Isola, Racing Manager, Pirelli Motorsport
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Mario Isola, Racing Manager, Pirelli Motorsport

Mario Isola, Racing Manager, Pirelli Motorsport
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Helmut Marko, Consultant, Red Bull Racing

Helmut Marko, Consultant, Red Bull Racing
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Hand sanitiser station near the gates

Hand sanitiser station near the gates
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Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1, in the paddock

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1, in the paddock
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Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal, Alfa Romeo Racing arrives at the circuit

Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal, Alfa Romeo Racing arrives at the circuit
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Franz Tost, Team Principal, AlphaTauri

Franz Tost, Team Principal, AlphaTauri
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Franz Tost, Team Principal, AlphaTauri

Franz Tost, Team Principal, AlphaTauri
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Fans wear protective masks in light of the coronavirus outbreak

Fans wear protective masks in light of the coronavirus outbreak
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Fans wait outside the circuit as the gates are delayed in opening

Fans wait outside the circuit as the gates are delayed in opening
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Fans queue with Police as the gates are delayed in opening

Fans queue with Police as the gates are delayed in opening
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Fans queue for the dalayed opening gates

Fans queue for the dalayed opening gates
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Fans queue at the delayed opening gates

Fans queue at the delayed opening gates
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Fans queue at the delayed opening gates

Fans queue at the delayed opening gates
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Fans queue at the delayed opening gates

Fans queue at the delayed opening gates
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Fans queue at the delayed opening gates

Fans queue at the delayed opening gates
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Fans queue at the closed gates

Fans queue at the closed gates
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Fans queue as the gates are delayed in opening

Fans queue as the gates are delayed in opening
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Fans queue as the gates are delayed in opening

Fans queue as the gates are delayed in opening
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Empty stage in the fans area

Empty stage in the fans area
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Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, Williams Racing

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, Williams Racing
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Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing, arrives in the paddock

Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing, arrives in the paddock
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Ayao Komatsu, Chief Race Engineer, Haas F1 and Toyoharu Tanabe, F1 Technical Director, Honda arrive at the circuit

Ayao Komatsu, Chief Race Engineer, Haas F1 and Toyoharu Tanabe, F1 Technical Director, Honda arrive at the circuit
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Angry fans with a message for the FIA on the news that the race is cancelled

Angry fans with a message for the FIA on the news that the race is cancelled
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An offical speaks to the media as fans listen

An offical speaks to the media as fans listen
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AlphaTauri personnel arrive at the track

AlphaTauri personnel arrive at the track
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AlphaTauri Honda staff in the paddock amongst packing crates

AlphaTauri Honda staff in the paddock amongst packing crates
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AlphaTauri Honda staff in the paddock amongst packing crates

AlphaTauri Honda staff in the paddock amongst packing crates
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Alan Permane, Sporting Director, Renault Sport F1 Team

Alan Permane, Sporting Director, Renault Sport F1 Team
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A disappointed Mercedes F1 fans gives a thumbs down gesture as the gates are delayed in opening

A disappointed Mercedes F1 fans gives a thumbs down gesture as the gates are delayed in opening
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