Angry Ecclestone wants to meet ‘bogan’ politician

Tamara Ecclestone (GBR) talks with her father Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) F1 Supremo. Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday 13 September 2009.

Bernie Ecclestone with daughter Tamara

Mar.15 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has played down the controversy over the future of Australia’s grand prix by daring organisers to walk away from the sport, while slamming the politician who referred to his daughter Tamara as ‘bogan’.

“When the contract comes up, they don’t have to renew,” the F1 chief executive, speaking from London, told local Fairfax Radio ahead of the 2012 Melbourne race.

“That is the nice thing. We are not going to force anyone into doing anything because we can’t.”

The current contract expires in 2015, and Ecclestone has offered to ease the taxpayers’ burden if race organisers agree to host the race at night, to better service Europe’s live television audience.

But the 81-year-old Briton is also furious, after a federal politician for the ruling Labor Party scorned the millions paid to Ecclestone in order to bankroll the billionaire’s flamboyant “bogan” daughter Tamara.

“Who was the halfwit that said these things?” Ecclestone told 3AW radio.

“You’re not a communist state there, are you? Any money that my children have got, they didn’t steal. I’d like him to say what he said to me face to face.”

In Aussie slang bogan means: ‘person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends his days slacking and drinking beer.’

The latest spat is yet another threat to the highly popular Albert Park race, with Ecclestone surmising: “From all the things I read that the government say, I don’t think that they want to continue.”

Australian driver Mark Webber hopes the race has a future.

“I don’t think it’s a gain to lose it, put it that way,” he said.

“It was successful in Adelaide and in Melbourne as well and it would be brilliant to keep it here for a long time yet.”

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  • lol

    Not a Bernie fan… & thinks his biz tactic is rather harsh. It’s not the 1st time that Aussie leaders have said stupid stuff. The ppl are great tbh.

  • Chuck

    If the politician shows up, it would be a good chance for Bernie to buy the guy off… and have him singing Tamara’s praises before he leaves… like a good politician… LOL What else is Bernie going to do face to face???

    Bring cash Bernie… Politicians don’t accept checks or credit cards!!!

  • Budget cap

    Did someone dare to tell the truth?

  • Obvious

    What’s the problem here? Bernie is a business man… To make as much money as possible for himself, his family, and whatever he cares about.

  • lol.

    It appears i’m being impersonated.

  • McLaren fan

    The man is a fool to go toe to toe with Bernie, he has country’s begging to host F1 so he can quite easily take the race and give it to say Russia.
    As for Tamara she is one fit woman that is more why he said nasty comments he is jealous he cant have her lol.

  • Nemo

    Basically the MP who made the comment is a doofus. He was sent to the backbench (demoted) a few years ago because the media found out he wrote a personal reference for Melbourne biggest drug kingpin. Who he hadnt even met, so he said, & is now in jail for murder, drugs, etc after fleeing the country & an international manhunt. This is just an attempt by him to get his name out there again. Sadly we have a lot of muppet politicians here