F1 » Ecclestone hints Australia could be axed

Bernie Ecclestone drops a hint that the Australian Grand Prix could be dropped from the calendar as early as next year

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March 21, 2011 11:45 AM

Well if the Australians won't pay the fees that they have agreed to pay by signing a legally binding contract then fair enough, they loose the GP.

This is just the usual game of each side trying to negotiate a better deal. One of them will fold sooner or later and stop this charade.

Justin - Unregistered

March 21, 2011 12:00 PM

Good one Bernie, lets drop another race that usually makes for an exciting GP, and send it to another place with a sh1tty Tilke designed track in a country where no one could give a stuff about F1.
I suppose it was to be expected really.

F1TopFan - Unregistered

March 21, 2011 12:15 PM

Before Bernie starts axing a good race in Melbourne he ought to be sure he has a place to go. My bet: Austin NEVER happens. They're not even moving enough dirt to build a house much less another Tilke nightmare design (like the death-trap in Korea). The Austin guys kept runnig their mouths every other day last summer about how they were building the world's great track. But since last fall they hardly say a word. No construction, an FIA inspection due a year from now (unless Bernie gets his way again to extend the deadline) and we're supposed to believe this crap? Bernie should drop Melbourne's price like he did for canada and let real fans keep the race. If Bernie gets his way he'll kill F1 altogether. But what the heck. He's 80 why should he care about the fans?


March 21, 2011 12:22 PM

Justin, I agree. It is hard enough travelling accross Australia from WA (Ricciardo territory), being a journey of over 2000 km's, but now we face the prospect of having to travel long distance overseas.

It is all very nice for people who live in the UK to attend their GP or jump accross the small ditch and get to any number of Grands Prix on mainland Europe, but spare a thought for your Aussie brethren who have very limited opportunities to see this circus live.

Bernie Fan - Unregistered

March 21, 2011 12:23 PM

Once again the wily old fox is ensuring that he takes the maximum sum possible from the circuit. He is an astonishingly brilliant businessman.

Mark my words, the Aussies will have to pay up or shut up.

Bernie you are a corporate god, and those of us who are true captains of industry salute you.

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