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Aussie organisers consider suing for lack of sexiness

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Australian Grand Prix organisers claim their contract may have been breached because the Formula One cars were not loud enough.

Andrew Westacott, Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) chief executive, said after the race that the rule changes had impacted on the "sexiness" of the event and as a result fans did not get what they paid for.

AGPC chairman Ron Walker has contacted Bernie Ecclestone and made it clear organisers are unhappy. He is likely to have found a sympathetic ear. Ecclestone has repeatedly made clear his unhappiness with many of the raft of rule changes.

"One aspect of it was just a little bit duller than it's ever been before and that's part of the mix and the chemistry that they're going to have to get right," Westacott said. "Ron spoke to [Ecclestone] after the race and said the fans don't like it in the venue.

"We pay for a product, we've got contracts in place, we are looking at those very, very seriously because we reckon there has probably been some breaches."

Westacott, who listed among his gripes the fact he did not need earplugs even in the pit lane, warned that European spectators were even more likely to be unhappy with the much quieter spectacle. "Previously, it shakes the bones," he said. "I'd be confident we'll have a different sound next year."

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