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GP Week : Issue 197
F1 >>> nEWs Boulle Mining Group supports BirdLife International in its forest conservation work and is pleased to introduce BirdLife to the Australian racing world BirdLife’s is changing the way the world’s tropical forests are managed We are working at major forest sites across four continents Our innovative approaches to management, and finance are bringing benefits to people as well as wildlife Forests of Hope www.jboullemininggroup.com JEAN-RAYMOND BOULLE www.birdlife.org Find out more online at Siem Pang, Cambodia Declared a protected forest in January 2014 after years of work by BirdLife International with the Cambodian Government. www.worldtitaniumresources.com ASX: WTR In an intriguing post-race twist to the ‘noise’ debate, the promoters of the Australian Grand Prix may take legal action against Formula One Management over the sound – orlackofit–madebythecars at Albert Park. On Monday, Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott told a Melbourne radio station that he would seek legal advice about whether there was a case for breach of contract because of the lower noise output of the 2014 cars. Westacott compared the sound to “Harpsichords in a Chamber Orchestra” . “What was lacking was the sexiness and the appeal of the noise,” Westacott told Melbourne radio host Neil Mitchell on 3AW. “I was able to stand on pit wall at the start of the race without ear plugs,” he said. “Previously, it shakes the bones.” He said that the sound and the impact it had on his spectators was short of what they have been accustomed to with the previous generation of normally aspirated cars. “We pay for a product. We’ve got contracts in place. We’re looking at those very, very seriously, because we reckon there have probably been some breaches. “We’ll take it up. It’s like anything; you buy a product and you’re not getting that product, you take it up with the supplier. The supplier in this instance is Formula One, we’re going to look at all our avenues and have a good look at the product we are buying, because we buy it for the promotion of Melbourne but we also buy it for the entertainment.” AGPC Chairman Ron Walker is though to be close to a deal to extend the race’s tenure for two years, taking it through to 2017. The race, which costs the government in the state of Victoria around AUS$50m (US$55m) every year, has been held at Albert Park every year since 1996. LATE NEWS OZ TO SUE? Melbourne played host to a delegation of Russians who were in Melbourne as part of the program that the Australian have to train officials for the race in sochi. Sergei Ivanov, the Chief Executive Officer of RAF, Russia’s ASN, led a delegation that included the event’s Operations Manager, Deputy Manager, Chief Medical Officer, Track Safety Officer and Chief Scrutineer to Melbourne. Australia’s ASN CAMS has won the role to train the Russians for the country’s maiden Formula 1 event in October. “Our model is to gear them up to do it,” Mike Smith, CAMS’ GM of Motor Sport said. “At the actual event, we will leave it to the guys on the ground and then scale back our involvement over the following two or three years.” REDS, OCTOBER ... 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: