Ecclestone open to Oz GP cancellation
“If the mayor thinks I'm cranky, I can probably be able to help him by proving it,” Ecclestone told the 3AW radio station. “If he's not happy with the event in Australia, if he wants to cancel the contract, we'd be happy to talk to him about that.
“If he wishes to cease having the event in Melbourne, I am happy to discuss that with him. We have a contract – we don't break contracts.”
Cape Town launch GP bid
Bernie Ecclestone has invited the Cape Town Grand Prix Bid Company to present their proposal to him in London in the coming months, a meeting they hope will take place before the season-opening Bahrain GP. The company was founded in 2007 following a 12-year research and development phase.
The 5.3 km street track will take in some of the city's most recognisable landmarks, including the Cape Town Stadium, Table Bay Harbour and the V&A Waterfront. Organisers are hoping the race will resemble the Monaco Grand Prix.
“Green Point is ideal for a street circuit like the one in Monaco because we have so many beautiful natural sights in the area,” said chief communications officer Esther Henderson. “So while Monaco is the 'French Riviera' we can have the 'African Riviera' in Cape Town.”
A good money week for Sauber
The one-year deal with Mexican tequila brand Jose Cuervo means their logos will be visible on the sidepods and on the top of the front nose of the Ferrari-powered C30.