F1 »

Coulthard questions Albert Park protestors

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

The event has been underfire in certain quarters for some time over the amount it has been costing tax payers, with a recent media report suggesting that up to AU$30 million per year was being used to help fund the event.

That figure didn't go down well with those who question the viability for the race, but Coulthard hit out at what he said was 'small-minded' behaviour and said it was 'disappointing' to see people who wanted the race to end.

"If people want to be small-minded and not look beyond their personal needs, then that's disappointing," he was quoted as telling the Grand Prix's Keeping Track Podcast. "It's a great race track within the Albert Park facility, and for the one week of inconvenience where people don't get the access, then I think they shouldn't be so selfish, quite frankly.

"There's lots of things that I don't particularly appreciate in life, but I don't go campaigning against it as I understand there's a lot of people that do like it.

"If people want to be small-minded and not look beyond their personal needs, then that's disappointing."

Coulthard also said he could understand why taxpayers may be asked to help foot the bill for some of the costs involved in hosting the race.

"The licence fee that has to be paid," he said. "Nothing comes for nothing, and licence fees get paid to other sporting events.

"It's a truly international event, Melbourne is already on the world map and it's a great city, but having the Grand Prix there doesn't do any harm to the local economy."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes
Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes
Start of the race, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes
19.04.2015 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
19.04.2015 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
19.04.2015 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Roberto Merhi (ESP) Manor Marussia F1 Team
19.04.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
19.04.2015 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23 lr Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
19.04.2015 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
19.04.2015 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
19.04.2015 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
19.04.2015 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


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????



© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.