Bernie Ecclestone has attacked critics of the cost of the Australian Grand Prix

A day after the Herald Sun revealed that upwards of $30 million a year is paid by Victorian tax payers to keep the Australian Grand, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has come out swinging at the event’s critics in his usual blunt fashion.

Victorian tourism minister Louise Asher has claimed that the fees paid by the Victoria state government are too high, with her comments coming in the wake of another scathing report from Melbourne’s most read tabloid yesterday.

Ecclestone was asked by Melbourne’s 3AW radio about the comments, insisting that the figure reported isn’t necessarily true.

“It (paying) is up to them, isn’t it? I can’t make them sign a contract; they do it of their own free will. (But) they shouldn’t complain after they sign,” he told the talkback station.

It seems that the debate is always brought up around this stage of the year, as the annual F1 circus prepares to arrive on our shores once again.

The Australian Grand Prix Facebook page began publishing pictures of the circuit’s preparation, as no doubt the debate will continue on as we approach the first round of the season.

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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.