It seems that Bernie Ecclestone has decided to visit Melbourne for this year’s Australian Grand Prix.

The timing of this announcement is certainly interesting – in the wake of the city’s mayor questioning the very future of the event given its ongoing operational losses, and with Ecclestone responding in turn that he would be prepared to lose Australia from the F1 map if required – and it will mark the 80-year-old’s first visit to the Albert Park event since 2007.

The Victorian state government has since declared its commitment to the event, but the exact motives for Ecclestone venturing to the antipodes is not yet known.

One could assume that much of his visit will concentrate on the actual future of the event, and what steps organisers are wanting to take to either continue hosting the race at Albert Park (no doubt with substantially-reduced operating costs) or to relinquish hosting rights altogether.

Would you love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting room?

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.