Victorian authorities publicizes contract extension for Australian System 1 Grand Prix

“It was not a fait accompli. We needed to work very onerous,” Pakula mentioned.

“We don’t have the harbour, we don’t have the Gold Coast. We’ve town, our lovely areas and our main occasions calendar that drag folks into this state and provides Melbourne a world profile.”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet had backed a push by Venues NSW in December for the occasion to be held in Sydney, and mentioned after the choice was introduced on Thursday that the System 1’s “rightful” place is in Sydney.

“It’s a loss for the F1. That’s all I can say,” he mentioned.

“It’s going to be a extremely disappointing occasion for years to return till it involves its rightful place in Sydney.

“System 1 is a world occasion and we’re really Australia’s solely international metropolis, so I feel in time they may work that out. Good luck to Melbourne.”

Peter Logan, spokesperson for Save Albert Park, opposed the 10-year extension. He mentioned deceptive prices and attendance figures, in addition to the impression on Albert Park utilization, remained the reason why the Grand Prix must be relocated.

“We’re suckers,” Logan mentioned.

“There’s solely about 38,000 grandstand seats, so the group numbers [provided by the state government] are unimaginable to suit round the remainder of the monitor since there’s so little house.”

Logan cited a cost-benefit evaluation of the Australian Grand Prix accomplished for the Auditor-Common in 2005 that exposed a web financial loss for Victoria. In line with that report, the estimated prices of the occasion exceeded the advantages to Victorian taxpayers by 5 per cent.

“It’s a loser for the state. All it does is value the state of Victoria some huge cash,” mentioned Logan.

“And it’s hurting sporting golf equipment. It’s 4 months of going out and in of park grounds. They’re left in a complete mess once they go away,” Logan mentioned.

“What are parks for? To not trash yearly for 4 months.”

Pakula wouldn’t say how a lot the contract extension value the Victorian authorities, saying the state may lose its internet hosting rights if the determine went public.

“As soon as you are taking out one of many pillars of our main occasions calendar, the entire edifice begins to crumble. We’ve acquired System 1, the AFL grand ultimate, the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Boxing Day Check and the Australian Open. These are the pillars and we completely as a state, as a metropolis and as a group have to retain these pillars,” he mentioned.

Pakula mentioned all prices can be detailed in annual monetary studies.

The Australian Grand Prix is staying in Melbourne, with a contract extension announced.

The Australian Grand Prix is staying in Melbourne, with a contract extension introduced.Credit score:Getty

“We’ve pushed a tough cut price within the face of extraordinary competitiveness. We’re completely 100 per cent satisfied the large enhance in international curiosity in System 1, hundreds of thousands of further eyeballs, absolute engagement of individuals from all walks of life – younger and previous, women and men – that the retention of this race till 2035 is within the curiosity of Victorians,” Pakula mentioned.

Greater than 419,000 folks flocked to Albert Park for this yr’s race, producing $92 million of direct spending within the economic system and boosting Victoria’s gross state product by $171 million, based on a latest financial impression evaluation.


Australian Grand Prix Company chief govt Andrew Westacott attributed the System 1’s reputation to the rise of younger drivers and the Netflix collection Drive To Survive. Calling Melbourne the breeding floor for the following era of nice Australian racers, he mentioned the extension was a robust growth, significantly for motorsport within the Asia Pacific area.

“It’s a large trade, a large ecosystem,” Westacott mentioned.

“We’re going to do all we will to proceed to be sure that this occasion is one of the best System One occasion on the earth, constructing on the success of 2022. It’s only a nice determination.”

F1 president and chief govt, Stefano Domenicali, mentioned he was overjoyed to see the Grand Prix stay in Melbourne for the long-term.

“The race has at all times been a favorite for the followers, drivers, and the groups and Melbourne is an unimaginable and vibrant worldwide metropolis that may be a excellent match for our sport,” he mentioned.

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