FIA President Jean Todt has urged the sport’s powerbrokers ensure that the Australian Jean Todt has thrown his support behind the Australian Grand PrixGrand Prix remains on the Formula 1 calendar for years to come.

Amid debate sparked by several local politicians as to whether the event – which posted a record loss of $50 million last year – should remain in Melbourne, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone recently conceded that the sport “does not need” a round on Australian shores.

Visiting Melbourne for a road safety campaign some ten days before the season-opening race at Albert Park, Todt’s support to retain the Grand Prix seemed to directly contrast Ecclestone’s viewpoint.

“I think it is important to have one race in Australia because Australia is among the biggest nations in the world,” Todt is quoted by the Associated Press news agency.

“Australia has been doing a great job together with people from [motor racing federation] CAMS. They have put Australia among the best Grands Prix in the season.

“Melbourne is a sensational venue with nice people, and when I arrived yesterday, I was thinking how good Melbourne is for Formula 1.”

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.