Australian GP future looks safe

FORMULA ONE: Grand Prix promoter Ron Walker says the future of the Australian GP is safe despite a recent verbal spat between Bernie Ecclestone and Melbourne’s Lord Mayor. With the contract for the Melbourne race, which kicks-off this year’s F1 season on Sunday, is up in 2015, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle voiced his opposition to its escalating costs and said it was no longer needed. That prompted F1 supremo Ecclestone to suggest the sport “didn’t need” Australia But Walker said: “Mr Ecclestone recognises this is a great city to come to. It is like Montreal. They lost it, and then they turned around and wanted it back.”