Bernie Ecclestone is no longer heading to Melbourne for this weekend’s season-Bernie Ecclestone is snubbing the Melbourne GP for a trip to New Yorkopening Australian Grand Prix, with reports suggesting that the F1 chief executive has ventured to New York.

Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper has reported that New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has invited the 80-year-old to the city, at the same time as calls to dump the Australian Grand Prix prevail.

The report claims Mayor Bloomberg “invited Ecclestone invited to the US to hear his pitch for a race on Staten Island” – referring to rumours that did the rounds last year suggesting Ecclestone was interested in a Grand Prix on the city’s southern island.

The announcement has several figures rather concerned, including chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Ron Walker.

“As a result of what has happened in the last couple of weeks mayor Bloomberg has been on to Mr Ecclestone,” he said.

“It’s not just a fight against New York, it’s a fight against everybody. Delhi is opening up, there will be one in Russia, Korea has come on stream … the other Arab states want it, so there will always be a fight [to keep a Grand Prix here],” he added.

[Original image via The Rag Blog]

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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.