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Australian GP gets new five-year contract, guarantees over season opener status

The Australian Grand Prix is set to remain as the opening round on the Formula 1 calendar through to 2020 following the signing of a new contract. Victoria state premier Denis Napthine announced yesterday that a deal had been struck with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone which ensures that Formula 1 will keep coming to Australia for the next six years. There had been some doubts about the future of the race, with race promoter Ron Walker being one of the biggest critics for the new direction of the sport. However, in a statement, Napthine confirmed that a new deal had been agreed. 'I can tell you the new contract is significantly better for Victoria,” Napthine said. “This reaffirms...
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