New F1 deal for Melbourne will happen insists Ecclestone 3 March, 2014 Start of the 2014 F1 season will be in Melbourne Bernie Ecclestone says he is confident that Melbourne,the venue of the Australian Grand Prix, is staying on the Formula 1 calendar beyond its 2015 contract. “Yes,” he told the Herald Sun newspaper. “Sure, sure, sure.” The Formula 1 Chief Executive said that a new contract will be signed “as soon as we get the lawyers sorted”. Ecclestone’s comments follow reports from within the state government that race organisers are pushing hard for a better financial deal. But the 83-year-old Briton insisted: “It will happen, don’t worry about it.” Ecclestone said that the government is no longer arguing with Formula 1 over money. “I think that’s all been sorted,” he said. “It’s just the bits and pieces. It will happen.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN.