F1 » Australian GP 'as important as Monaco', admits Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that for F1, the Australian Grand Prix is 'as important as Monaco' - as he proposes an alternative solution to retaining the much-disputed race beyond 2015...

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March 16, 2011 12:15 PM

Geez, where do I start? Bernie, Albert Pk will NEVER be a permanent track. You know that. You talk about if we don't wan't to pay the money.... that has never really been the issue, the issue is value for money. Return on investment. I must say though, it is encouraging to finally hear you speak positively about the Oz GP for a change. What made you change your mind? Jean Todt?

Ben M - Unregistered

March 16, 2011 12:27 PM

I'd hate to see the Aussie GP scrapped, not only does it provide great racing but it would just be replaced by another Tilke track in a new country with empty grandstands...

HomeHeroe - Unregistered

March 16, 2011 12:29 PM

@donttalkshite: he is not talking good about the oz gp, all he is saying if you read between the lines is: Monaco paid up, if you dont pay up you go, thats it.

Oz is as important as monaco, yes, in the sense of: if oz is gone, another one will get the spot.

IdontGetIt - Unregistered

March 16, 2011 12:48 PM

The article started off well and I even got the impression that Bernie was serious about supporting the Australian GP... Until the final paragraph revealed his true face, what a joke! We provide good worldwide TV exposure and if you don't want to pay for that we'll quickly go somewhere else. Now the real question is, who really benefits from this TV coverage? What's in it for the Australians? How do they get value out of it? In my view it is Bernie's company that takes all (most?) the benefits and he even lets others pay for it! The weird thing is he can get away with it, time and time again, there are still venues in the waiting line hoping to get a slot, almost at whatever it will cost.

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