Melbourne dismisses Sydney threat

Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker has downplayed suggestions that the race could move to Sydney when the current contract with Melbourne expires.

Sydney has launched a bid to secure the rights to the grand prix with a race across the Harbour Bridge if the New South Wales government wins re-election.

Melbourne has a contract to host the race until 2020, but local government says it is likely it will be extended for another five years.

"They haven't got a chance," Walker told reporters on Friday about Sydney's bid.

"It's not going anywhere. It's staying here for as long as the (Victorian) government wants it.

"Sydney can camp outside [Formula One headquarters] Princes Gate in London as long as they like.

"But the fact is there is no deal to be done."

Melbourne has hosted the Australian Grand Prix since 1996.



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