Grapevine: Ecclestone Denies Adelaide Switch

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has played down fresh speculation that he is considering switching the Australian Grand Prix away from current home Melbourne and back to Adelaide

Grapevine: Ecclestone Denies Adelaide Switch

The rumours surfaced after Ecclestone met with South Australian Premier Mike Rann in London last week, where it is understood that Rann made it clear that Adelaide would be interested in holding an F1 race again.

But with Melbourne having been such a success since it first secured the race in 1996, the chances of it losing the race are remote - and Ecclestone himself has no complaints about the event's status.

"We were very happy in Adelaide, super," Mr Ecclestone told reporters in Australia. "We're in Melbourne now, we're happy in Melbourne. If anything happened in Melbourne, it sunk into the sea or something, then we'd be back to Adelaide for sure."

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks also shrugged off speculation that Adelaide could poach the race.

Speaking to ABC News, he said: "It'll be in Melbourne for a long time to come, a secure contract until 2010. I'm sure the Premier of South Australia had a nice cup of tea with Bernie Ecclestone but Bernie Ecclestone knows that this location has increased the patronage and increased the viewing audience [for the race] around the world.

"We have a secure contract and I'm confident about retaining it."

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