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F1 figures call for Melbourne night race
Posted by: Admin on Mar 06, 2013 - 06:16 AM
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F1 figures call for Melbourne night race


Leading formula one figures have called on organisers of the Australian grand prix to consider switching to a Singapore-style night race format.

Keen to install a better television time for the bulk European audience, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has been pushing the idea for years, but the state government has always ruled it out.


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In fact, the Albert Park event is already highly controversial within Victoria, with opponents baulking at the cost to taxpayers and even the government refusing to commit to a new contract beyond the existing 2015 deal.

Ecclestone said recently: "We hope we're going to be in Melbourne forever, although we do get a bit of criticism and I don't know why."

Suddenly, a trio of what the local Herald Sun newspaper described as F1 'heavyweights' are proposing a flootlit night-race format for the grand prix.

2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton said he backs the idea to see Melbourne alternate normal daylight races with a floodlit race once every three years.

"I'd like to see things vary because every year is the same," he said.

Agreed Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo: "It sounds like a good compromise."

And Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was also quoted as saying: "A night race in Melbourne, when you consider where the viewing figures are, could be interesting."

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