Formula One News » Bernie Ecclestone wants a long-term Melbourne deal Posted on 26/02/2013
Bernie Ecclestone who said that the Australian GP deal could come to an end with its contract on 2015 says he is keen on extending the deal. The hosting fees for the Melbourne circuit are said to be in excess of £20million a year.
Speaking to the Australian grand prix podcast, Ecclestone said:
“Everybody loves Australia, and it’s good to be there,”
“I understand we do get a little bit of criticism but I don’t know why. We’re happy with Melbourne and I’d be happy to sign a 50-year contract.”
“We don’t have a problem with Melbourne; we hope we’re going to be there forever.”
“Melbourne probably doesn’t need to be put on the map, but that’s what Formula 1 does for a city: it gets an awful lot more worldwide television coverage than other events Melbourne has, You start wondering, ‘are we really wanted in Melbourne?’”
“Whenever these sorts of things happen I’m told don’t be silly about that, it’s just one or two people making noise.
“It appears to be now, we’re happy for Formula 1 to be there.”