Ecclestone: Melbourne shouldn't complain
24 January 2013 – Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says Melbourne should be less opposed to the fees it pays to host a Grand Prix. The 82-year-old’s comments follow reports that 30 million Australian dollars of taxpayers’ money in the state of Victoria is put aside for the privilege each year, a cost which has angered many residents.
"It's up to them, isn't it?" Ecclestone told Australian radio station 3AW. "I can't make them sign a contract, they do it of their own free will. They shouldn't complain after they sign."
Despite the recent developments, Ecclestone says he would be more than happy to extend the circuit's deal beyond 2015:
"If they’re happy with what they pay for the event to take place, then I’m very happy."