Perrottet’s jab at Melbourne as Sydney gets serious on nabbing F1 Grand Prix

A proposal by Venues NSW to bring the Australian leg of Formula One’s Grand Prix to Sydney has been backed by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.

Melbourne’s contract to host the Grand Prix expires in 2025, with Sydney increasingly keen to poach the race after unveiling a $200 million war chest in June to put “NSW in pole position to secure major events”.

Perrottet described Sydney as one of the “greatest cities in not just the country, but the world”.

“And seriously, why would the Formula One want to stay in Melbourne when you can come here?” Perrottet said.

Perrottet said they had “a fighting chance” of bringing the event over the border.

“But it’s not just the Formula One, it’s major events right across the country and across the world that we’re going after,” he said.

The last two races held at Albert Park have been cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Venues NSW chair Tony Shepherd said the race would be “a great way to sell our city to the world”.

“The people of NSW love motor racing as much as anybody and we have a world class city to stage it,” he said.

“Our goal at Venues NSW is to have a major event in the state every month.

“The idea is to fill up the year so that every month people have something to look forward to.”