The newly-published 2022 Formula 1 calendar is “make or break” for Melbourne’s Australian Grand Prix, the Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix Andrew Westacott confirmed.
Formula One has officially revealed the whopping 23-race schedule for the 2022 championship, confirming that Melbourne is still on the calendar, but has lost its traditional spot as the season opener after not being able to host the events in the last two years.
And Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief executive Andrew Westacott confirmed that if the scheduled April 10 race next year is also cancelled due to government covid restrictions, the sport may give up on the Albert Park event altogether in the following seasons.
“It is make or break for Melbourne,” he said, as reported by the Australian publication Drive – “I think there’s a real risk that with the amount of competition for slots on the F1 calendar, patience only goes so far and patience can wear very thin. So if we weren’t able to take the 2022 event in Australia, I think F1 would be well within their rights to be looking at alternatives to Melbourne,” Andrew Westacott added.
However, he insists he is actually “extremely confident” that Formula 1 engines will be fired up in Melbourne next April.
“I am absolutely reassured by the dialogue and the very, very strong support we have from our sports and major events minister Martin Pakula.” – Andrew Westacott concluded.