Once again the Australian GP has come under fire from a local politician, and we can surely expect a swift reaction from Bernie Ecclestone.
Bernie was quick to respond after recent criticism from the mayor of Melbourne. The race has now been attacked by MP Michael Danby, whose Melbourne Ports constituency includes Albert Park.
Reuters reports that Danby told parliament: “The Grand Prix may have been a good deal in 1996, when it cost the government only $1.7 million; but, with falling crowd numbers and taxpayers footing a $50 million-a-year bill, the government should cut its losses and walk away.
“Rising costs, dwindling crowds, fed-up local residents, an ambivalent Melbourne mayor… to me, everything points to Melbourne saying ‘thanks for the memories’ but gracefully declining to renew the Grand Prix contract.”
Coming so soon after the mayor’s attack, Danby’s comments are bound to raise the ire of Ecclestone – who is no doubt already investigating alternative venues, if indeed he believes Australia it still worth pursuing.