Ecclestone resumes his annual Melbourne war-of-words

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field during the start of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)Feb.29 (GMM) Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone on Wednesday warned that F1 could ditch Melbourne after 2015, as he continues his (now traditional) annual attack on the Australian race.

The Albert Park event has a contract until then, but Ecclestone is pushing hard for the Australian organisers to agree to stage a night race.

“After then (2015), we really don’t know,” the 81-year-old Briton told the Melbourne newspaper The Age.

“If we were to have a divorce from our friends in Melbourne we would probably be walking away from Australia. Because I can’t see how Adelaide could make it happen, or anywhere else, if Melbourne can’t.

“The race itself, from our point of view, is probably the least viable of all the races we have.”

The Australian grand prix is also controversial locally, with its millions funded mainly by state taxpayers.

Ecclestone hinted that he might be prepared to cut the race fee if organisers agree to stage the race at night, providing a more suitable television slot back in Europe.

“We would have a look, maybe we could help subsidise that a little bit,” he is quoted by the Herald Sun.

He also told Australian reporters he will “probably not” attend next month’s season opener.

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  • Dan Webber

    Keep the Australian GP, but move it somewhere else, like Eastern Creek NSW or even Barbagallo in WA. Having a street circuit in Perth along the Swan River would be a dream come true. DOnt get rid of the gp, as Ricky (Daniel Ricciardo) and Mark represent Australia, and they deserve to have a home GP. FORZA TORO ROSSO!!!

  • fools

    Great PR for the debut race in Australia.

    Racing is huge there I dont see there will any problem anytime soon.

  • sennauno


    Racing is huge here but thats not the issue…the issue is the GP has been running at a loss for the last I dunno how many years (at the cost of tax payers money). For all who dont know yet, Formula 1 is all about the money…its a sport for all of us but its a business for the top brass. Maybe it is time it goes somewhere else (wouldnt the residents of Albert Park be happy)