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GP Week : Issue 216
F1 >>> news F1 >>> news SYDNEY CHASING OZ GRAND PRIX? Sydney has announced its intentions to make a bid for the Australian Grand Prix. Facing a state election later this month, NSW Premier Mike Baird outlined plans with which he hopes to lure the Formula One Grand Prix from Melbourne. "I believe we have sat back too long and let Melbourne take all the events it wants," Baird announced. "We've grown our own events, we've boosted the budget and we want the best events for this city. We'll do it on the basis that it brings economic benefits to this state." The proposal included use of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of a street circuit around the northern end of the city. It would make for an iconic track with views over not only Sydney Harbour and the city skyline but the Sydney Opera House too. Organisers of the event in Melbourne however were having none of it. "They haven’t got a chance," rebuffed Ron Walker, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix. "It’s staying here for as long as the [Victorian] government wants it." The NSW bid faced detractors from within too, with NSW Opposition Leader Tim Foley dismissing the notion as nothing more than a publicity grab ahead of the state election. "What next? He’ll bring Wimbledon and the US Masters to Sydney next!?" Melbourne has hosted the Formula One Grand Prix since 1996, taking over from Adelaide which inaugurated the event in 1985. The closest Sydney will get? Mark Webber conducted a 'promo' crossing of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2005 ... C M Y CM MY CY CMY K GP Week April FA Path HR.pdf 1 25/2/15 15:52 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: