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Coulthard slams ´selfish´ Australians

12 February 2013 08:46

Two-time Australian Grand Prix winner David Coulthard has blasted opponents of the Melbourne Formula One race, calling them 'selfish'.

Recent revelations the Australian GP was costing tax payers AU$30 million per year under a previously confidential agreement with Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, has given opponents of the Albert Park race fuel for their objections.

But Coulthard simply called such people 'small-minded'.

"If people want to be small-minded and not look beyond their personal needs, then that's disappointing," Coulthard declared on the Grand Prix's Keeping Track Podcast.

"It's a great race track within the Albert Park facility, and for the one week of inconvenience where people don't get the access, then I think they shouldn't be so selfish, quite frankly.

"There's lots of things that I don't particularly appreciate in life, but I don't go campaigning against it as I understand there's a lot of people that do like it.

"If people want to be small-minded and not look beyond their personal needs, then that's disappointing."

Coulthard also felt the fee taxpayers were paying for the event was warranted.

"The license fee that has to be paid," he declared.

"Nothing comes for nothing, and license fees get paid to other sporting events.

"It's a truly international event, Melbourne is already on the world map and it's a great city, but having the Grand Prix there doesn't do any harm to the local economy."

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