No doubt fuelled by news of the event’s continued financial losses, rumours that the host venue for the Australian Grand Prix have been flatly rejected by event organisers.
Despite the contract for the Albert Park venue to continue the hosting rights – held since 1996 – until 2015, rumours were afoot that the Calder Park circuit’s recently commenced revamp could be a sign that the race could soon have a new home.
More recent rumours have suggested that the event could also switch to the outer Melbourne suburb of Avalon, near the city’s second airport.
However, a spokesperson for Victoria’s tourism office has clarified: “The grand prix is staying at Albert Park.”
Australian Grand Prix boss Ron Walker has also waded into the debate: “The government is happy to leave it at Albert Park because it showcases the city.”
And the state’s premier, John Brumby, also added: “I think [the chance of the Grand Prix moving] is about as close to zero as you can get.”
[Original image via Tourism Victoria]