Every GP should learn from Melbourne

Every GP should learn from Melbourne

Times are hard for grand prix promoters, but Melbourne organisers have proved F1 events can not only be viable, but thrive. Struggling races need to take note, says DIETER RENCKEN

As Malaysia ponders the future of its Formula 1 grand prix - the fixture's current contract expires after Sunday's race, with extension negotiations so far having proven unfruitful on account of that old sticking point, hosting fees - the promoters could do well to take a leaf out of Melbourne's book.

A fortnight ago the Australian GP boasted a footfall of no fewer than 315,000 fans over the event's four days.

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