Sydney to host Australian Grand Prix?

With all the furore over the start time of the Australian Grand Prix, it is no surprise that another Australian city has said it would be prepared to consider Bernie Ecclestone s wishes about having a night race.

New South Wales state premier Morris Iemma has said that in light of the current dispute which sees current F1 race organisers refusing to install expensive lighting equipment to the Albert Park circuit, he would look into whether he could change the infrastructure at Sydney s Eastern Creek circuit to allow it to hold an F1 race. The circuit is currently used for the A1GP series.

“It is not a blank cheque but it could be held at a place like Eastern Creek, obviously with modifications,” Iemma said in an interview with Melbourne s Herald Sun. “If Formula One is looking for a night race than Eastern Creek could be converted to suit them.”

However Tim Holding, minister for major events in Melbourne, does not believe it is a feasible offer. “The proof of the pudding is in the tasting,” Holding explained. “They have to secure some events and people will taken them seriously after that.”