F1 » Government 'committed' to Australian GP, but is Ecclestone?

The game of political hardball over the future of the Australian Grand Prix has taken another twist. Just as the Victoria government pledges its support to the race, Bernie Ecclestone questions whether F1 needs it...

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racer_rob - Unregistered

February 02, 2011 11:25 AM

If Australia can't keep a race then Bernie's favourite inititive of 'moving-races-to-hot-places-with-featureless-tracks-and-minimal-local-support-however-lots-and-lots-of-money' ... has gone too far

mmmmmm.............. - Unregistered

February 02, 2011 12:18 PM

Oh please take away the most boring motor racing away from australia......they are a waste of fuel and money........ we could use it for production motorcycling racing world wide for everybody.....

nothing personal......

Red Robbo - Rover F1 - Unregistered

February 02, 2011 1:48 PM

Bernie Bernie Bernie,you always have to have the last word don't you.
I would suggest that actually you do need Australia,where else could step in with a comparable venue,atmosphere,welcome? (Spectatorless Tilke monotodromes excepted of course.)
Parachute on,ready to be shot down in flames!

Nick the Hippy - Unregistered

February 02, 2011 3:52 PM

In a democracy people are allowed to express different points of view. I have followed F1 for over 40 years. I love the sport but hate the way it is run. It is corrupt. We have got rid of Max. I look forward to the day Bernie goes. One person speaks out about the race costing Victorian tax payers $60m dollars a year and Bernie wants to take his bat and ball and go home. Just hurry up and die you horrible greedy old man.


February 02, 2011 6:14 PM

So one week they don't want it but now they do? These Aussie's need to make thier mind up and stop flip flopping. MrE is right to question their commitment.

It is very simple to sort out though. MrE simply has to ask them if they want the race, yes or no answer. No ifs, buts, maybes etc etc.

The race isn't always the most exciting and there are better tracks which are screaming out for a GP.

John - Unregistered

February 02, 2011 6:39 PM

I commented on this last time the topic popped up.
As I said, F1 is horrendously expensive and it's us, the fans, that end up bearing that cost, no matter how much it costs the venue to host it.
This is starting to leave a nasty taste in my mouth....
it doesn't matter if the track is good or not, the racing is close or a procession, the stands are full or empty, etc..... It just matters that Bernie "gets his way"... and that seems to mean "gets his money". And there's always lots of chest puffing and threats for anyone that dare to question him.
As I said, there's a nasty taste now... Is Bernie Ecclestone all about the good of the sport or just the increasing size of his bank account?


February 03, 2011 12:43 AM

@Andrew, like John, I also commented previously , and answered your question. Doyle is the Mayor of Melbourne, he has absolutely no bearing on decision making regarding the Grand Prix. The GP is run by the State of Victoria, not the City of Melbourne. He has spoken out of place. However, the issues are relevant, that is exorbitant cost to both GP holder and spectators. If the greedy old troll wants crappy races at crappy venues with no spectators, atmosphere and in turn prestige...he's taking the sport in the right direction. It will become a Euro/Middle eastern centric event. Forget the rest of the world. BTW, all the drivers historically have agreed that Australia is the best event on the calender. Nuff said!

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