What is it with Bernie Ecclestone and Australia ?

Two quotes from Bernie Ecclestone appeared in the news this weekend and after reading I began to wonder what did the Australians do to him …

Quote 1 – On the reports that Sydney may fill the gap if Melbourne looses the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix (in the interview for the Herald Sun)

“There is nothing in Sydney – they haven’t even got a circuit. “

Quote 2 – On his planned trip to St. Petersburg and discussions about staging Formula 1 race in Russia (reported by Daily Mirror):

“Nothing is done yet. But this could be an interesting development for the sport. We’d like to get it in the calendar as soon as we can but that depends on them. It’s down to how long it takes them to get the circuit ready.”

I am not saying that Sydney is a feasible option. It may or may not be, it is not upon me to say. I do not even know whether the city would be interested. But that is not the point … What strikes me is The Formula 1 Supremo dismissing the possibility of the race in Sydney outright with such an argument. All the new races (current and future) – Singapore, Valencia, Abu Dhabi, Seoul, India only began to build the race tracks after Bernie signed them up. Russia, as it is obvious from his remarks, would be the same case.

Sydney would stand no chance though, because like all the others who got the new races it does not have a race track …

7 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Black ZeddNo Gravatar says:

    Sometimes when these people tries hard to give PR-friendly comments, we end up baffled!

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  2. StewNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve read and read, but just when I’ve figured Bernie out, I haven’t. He’s got many ideas in his head and sometimes I wonder if they get lost somewhere. Or at the very least he just forgets what he said just a few days before.

  3. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    so basically, he is a nice guy, just getting a bit senile :-)

    after reading the discussion on F1 Insight last weekend I began to wonder whether it is Bernie talking his mind or just pulling the strings for the CVC, the actual F1 owners …

  4. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    Wolf…Bernie a “nice guy”. You have to be kidding. He makes decisions based on one thing, money. Nothing else matters. If he can squeeze a dime more out of another track, he’ll pull Australia, or anyone else.

  5. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    yes, I was kidding :-)

  6. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, I missed the sarcasm. Obviously you hit a hot spot with me.

  7. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    No worries, I know Bernie is not exactly your favourite. If you want to have laugh (or get upset), read his interview with Daily Mail….



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