Aussie GP boss rejects boycott talk


Australian Grand Prix organisers have dismissed reports that a boycott threat is looming over the race following Fernando Alonso's accident.

Double World Champion Alonso has been advised to skip the season-opening grand prix at Albert Park after he suffered a concussion during a shunt at the Circuit de Catalunya on 22 February.

Although McLaren insist the 33-year-old is fine, confusion surrounds the events before and after the crash in Barcelona and Germany's Sport Bild reported that "several teams are thinking about not letting their drivers start the season opener for safety reasons" as "it has still not been proven beyond reasonable doubt that the Spanish double World Champion did not receive a shock".

An unnamed team boss is quoted as saying: "Honda must provide answers with the FIA".

However, Australian GP Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott has dismissed suggestions that teams could boycott the race.

"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," he 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."