F1 » Todt backs Australian GP

Jean Todt insists that the Australian Grand Prix still has an important place on the F1 calendar.

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March 15, 2011 5:05 PM

Phillip Island is a fantastic bike circuit. Converting it to accomodate F1 would ruin it.

I take the view of if the Australians want the GP and are prepared to pay MrE/CVC as per the terms of their contract then let them keep it. If they are not, then take the race to somewhere like Imola.

There are plenty of tracks that are begging for a GP and are better than Albert Park (not that Albert Park is a bad circuit but it does not compare with Imola or the revamped A1 Ring).

Rob01 - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 5:06 PM

Finally, someone who doesn't roll in bed with Bernie. Getting rid of Max was the best thing to happen to F1 in many many years. The other half of the cancer will soon have to go.

Mark _

March 15, 2011 6:20 PM


Imola was a great track up until they nuetered it following Ratzenburger and Senna's accidents. Besides lending their name for a few GPs what exactly is San Marino's contribution to motorsport? Personally I would rather see a return of the Dutch GP at Zandvoort or a French race than a return to Imola in it's current form.

I do like your idea of a return of the Austrian GP at the A1 / Red Bull ring. Do you know if they completed the planned extension of this track or did they keep the most recent layout?

bollox - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 8:39 PM

It's important to have a grand prix in Australia as it's a great country and people but Albert Park track isnt that great, maybe a move to Adelaide will be better bet, it's a good track.

Bernie getting worse by age! take no notice of the little man.


March 16, 2011 12:44 AM

Finally we get some support for the Aussie GP. Bernie is on his own over this. The Oz GP Corporation have never stated they do not want the race or are unwilling to pay the exorbitant amount. It was the Lord Mayor of Melbourne who stated that the money could be better spent. What this did do tho is fish good ol Bernies true colours out. He wants to ditch the race for another higher paying Asian or Middle Eastern venue. Bernie = Money troll. He does not have the sports BEST interest at heart. His procrastination over Bahrain reinforced this view!


March 16, 2011 2:45 AM

Albert Park is a great circuit and Todt made that
clear yesterday to Australia. We do require to take the G.P of the street unfortunately due to the antangonists and the process is in flow for a well designed permanent circuit which will not only accomodate F1 but many categories both locally and overseas formulas such as GT1.

Todt is aware of the issues and is flexible together with seeing Aust retain the G.P.

Sunny and Rob it is about time the FIA does not have a man that bows to Bernies whims and is willing to place the sport first in lieu of self interest. Aust has bent over backwards to satisfy Bernie however the more we give the more he wants. Their is no satisfying the man

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