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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February 12, 2013 10:03 PM

Never thought I would say this, but I can sympathize with these protesters and why? To simpily put it, this is taxpayer money being used to fund these races to be honest and its something I'm not too in agreement with.

If anything, I think F1 should follow in NASCAR and Indycar footstep let these races be corporate sanctioned as oppose to putting taxpayers on the hook.

John Marston - Unregistered

February 13, 2013 1:15 AM

I agree with him. The race brings in more money to the economy than is spent on it by a huge ammount. It's a great thing for Melbourne and Im ashamed at my fellow Aussies who kick up such a fuss about it. It's always the same negative people who have nothing better to do with their lives than to complain and whinge about everything and everyone. I feel sorry for them.
I went to last years GP. I spent 6 days in Melbourne at a cost of $900 for hotels . spent $1,100 on Tickets (2 people), at least $150 on food, drinks and merchandise for each of the 4 days at the track. every night we ate out at a cost of about $100per night. Plus the cost of public transport at about 30 per day. and a little extra spending money, lets say about $500. thats a total cost of nearly $3,000 just for 2 people. I'm pretty sure my partner and myself were not the only 2 people at the Gp. There was a total attendance of 300,000people over the 4 days, even if only 50,000 of those people where not locals, if they

Bengosha - Unregistered

February 13, 2013 5:07 AM

On the news the other day there was a story about residents near another inner city park complained to the council that school kids were useing their park and may damage it. They also proudly stated that they had to fight to keep the park from becoming an old people's home . Complaining is the favorite pass time of these people..

NC - Unregistered

February 13, 2013 12:16 PM

since when does an ex-driver feel qualified to give an informed opinion about the finacial viability of an F1 race at a time when the government is considering whether to renew and commit its tax payers to such a large contribution to host.

Has he got the qualifications of a financial auditor and other experts so that we can all reflect on his contribution to the debate meaningfully? No - just more vague generalisations such as 'the GP is good for Melbourne'. NO ONE DENIES IT ISNT - its just at what #@$@# cost!


February 13, 2013 12:36 PM

nc. somehow i feel that dc has more of a right to comment on the race, than you or i. he is highly paid as a tv commentator and pundit and can presumably be allowed to express an opinion to a question put to him.

but as i posted before, the figures show that the gp is of immense benefit to melbourne. the protestors appear to only look at the outgoings, but ignore the income.

nc - Unregistered

February 13, 2013 12:55 PM

richard - not saying he hasn't got the right to comment, he has that, but not an expert/qualifications to do so. He's a driver turned commentator, who has a vested interest in this after all. In terms of having more of a right than you or i, as a victorian taxpayer who's in effect paying for it, until he stumps up some of his own cash, then I think i do.

don't get me wrong, love for it to stay, but have some real concerns with the escalating cost and the blind acceptance in this event that we're being asked by the F1 fraternity to provide an simply keep dishing out the cash so its private equity owners (CVC) can justify their investment.


February 13, 2013 1:29 PM
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nc. i understand your points, and agree that bernie fleeces victoria and other venues, but the bottom line must always be,....does the income and publicity exceed the outlay?

as long as it does, i see little reason for protests.

odd that it is being protested on financial grounds rather than envoronmental grounds. still, you get lovely road resurfacing in albert park!!

Joe - Unregistered

February 13, 2013 1:34 PM

It's about time somebody spoke up in favor of the Australian GP, and i am pleased to say I am with David on this one. As a Melbournian, our city is the sporting capital of the world, and being a GP fan, i am so glad it is a 15min drive from home to a fantastic F1 Street Circuit. Yes, for sure some people are going to be inconvenienced, and yes there are some absurd costs, but up until these costs were made known, nobody really cared! Besides, the exposure, boosts for local businesses, and the carnival atmosphere it brings to our city is second to none. It will be missed should it go!

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