2015 and beyond: I want Melbourne to stay – Ecclestone

F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone has expressed a wish for the Australian Grand Prix to stay at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, where it is currently run.

His comments come less than three weeks away from the first Grand Prix of the season – the Melbourne round. In an interview with the Australian Grand Prix’s podcast, Keeping Track, he said,

We hope we’re going to be in Melbourne forever. We’re happy with Melbourne and I’d be happy to sign a 50-year contract. We don’t have a problem with Melbourne. 

According to Ecclestone, other parties have showed an interest in taking the race to a new venue.

We get proposals from other parts, but we’re happy in Melbourne,” he said. Everybody loves Australia and loves Australian people, and it’s good to be there… and Melbourne, in itself, is a nice place.

The Australian Grand Prix was held in Adelaide until 1996, before it moved to Albert Park where it has been held since. But before F1 can return for 2013, there is one more pre-season test which will be held this week at Circuit de Catalunya.

Image courtesy of Fox Sports.

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