Melbourne and Australian Grand Prix

Bernie Ecclestone has a fresh new target for his axe:

“Maybe we don’t want to be in Australia. Our costs are very high in Australia and we get a lot less money. It’s bloody bad for us. We’ve got quite a few places on the list which would like to have Formula One and, as it seems your guy (Victorian Premier John Brumby) down there doesn’t want Formula One, we can make him happy and make the other people happy.”

Mr. Ecclestone loves to threaten F1 venues and some do not survive his threats, Indianapolis being the latest example.

Albert Park Poster

I am not sure how serious Bernie is in this case, but there seem to be some real issues with promoting the race in Melbourne. Few weeks ago I read an article by an upset Australian fan on poor or almost non existent promotion of the race by the organizers. I also recalled my trip to Melbourne back in 2005, few weeks before the race. There were no signs of the Formula 1 race coming to town except for the preparation works in Albert Park and few angry posters around the lake…

Albert Park 2005

Albert Park 2005

I hope Australia keeps the F1 race, but if that is to be, the organizers and the local authorities should not continue sending the wrong messages to Bernie …

4 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RichNo Gravatar says:

    it would be a shame to see it go

  2. StewNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know. This race has too many questions surrounding it and Bernie will do what Bernie will do.

  3. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    You are spot on Stew, Bernie will do what Bernie will do :-)

    What I will do is hop on the plane on 13 March and go to Melbourne to open the 2008 season :-)

  4. Black ZeddNo Gravatar says:

    I love the race there, it’s a great season opener. But I guess Mr. Ecclestone’s accountants didn’t agree. Well, this expensive sport sure needs more commercial grip..

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