F1 » Coulthard hits out at Albert Park protestors

David Coulthard hits out at those protesting about the costs involved in the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park

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minion - Unregistered

February 12, 2013 12:45 PM

If everyone in Australia gave one dollar to pay for the F1 race in Melbourne, we would be 8 million short.

If DC sold some of his hotels and some properties in Monaco, he would not only pay for the race in Melbourne, but he would be able to sponsor Heikki's and Kobi's F1 return.

amorris1pa - Unregistered

February 12, 2013 12:46 PM

Wow, is DC out of touch with reality or what??? Gawd, imagine that, ordinary non-millionaires who don't want their tax dollars shoveled into Bernie's ever-bulging wallet. What do those peons want instead? Better schools? Improved roadways?? What are they thinking???!! Hey, Coulthard, you want the race, why don't you pony up the money????

Tom - Unregistered

February 12, 2013 1:00 PM

Well said DC. However, being a Scottsman his opinion becomes irrelevant.
With all the energy used by Australian media to promote a negative feeling towards the GP, they could also investigate the cost in holding the Australian Open every 12 months.
How is it taxpayer dollars well spent in constructing another roof over a tennis court.
When does the public ever get access to the dozens of tennis courts within Melbourne Park?
If my tax is going to be used on a sporting event rather than on hospitals, schools, police or roads, I much prefer it to be spent on an exciting spectacle like the GP rather than tennis or the extremely boring commonwealth games that we had in 2006 for example. I must admit we did get some decent infrastructure from the games.

sunzoomspark - Unregistered

February 12, 2013 1:17 PM

I think what he is referring to as "small mindedness" is only seeing the grand prix as a cost. The event does generate revenue through gate receipts, on site commerce at the event and also brings both tourism and business to the area.

The only figure widely reported/speculated upon is the fee that Bernie takes. The others aren't really investigated.


February 12, 2013 1:32 PM

Melbourne is Australia's 'culture' city. It relies on events and spectacles to lure not only foreign, but also domestic tourism. The truth is they have to spend money to earn it back. There's no beautiful harbour and not as many beaches as Sydney, so they compete in other ways. Having a Grand Prix is one of them.

A Ernst & Young report commissioned by Tourism Melbourne entitled "Economic Impact of the 2011 Melbourne Grand Prix" shows that 91.9% of GP attendees were likely to return to Victoria for a future holiday, and 93.6% of attendees were likely to recommend Victoria as a holiday destination to their friends.


February 12, 2013 1:35 PM

I think DC's comments are out of order since the money isn't coming out of his pocket, and he has no connection with Melbourne or it's people. However he's correct in blaming narrow-mindedness for the opposition towards the event. It's not as black and white as 'what we pay to host it' and 'how much profit the tickets make'. There's economic stimulus through hospitality and retail outlets, the likelihood of attendees returning to the city for another holiday or encouraging their friends to. So much more than people choose to see....

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