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Qantas renews Australian GP sponsorship deal

ESPNF1 Staff
November 13, 2010 « Alonso expects 'tight qualifying' | »
Qantas will sponsor the race for the second year running © Getty Images

Australian airline Qantas is staying put as the naming sponsor of next year's Formula One race in Melbourne.

It has emerged over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend that the organisers of the event are currently in a dispute with Australia's motor racing body CAMS over fees. However, Qantas is confident the race will go ahead.

"We are proud to renew our naming rights sponsorship of the 2011 Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix," said the company's CEO Alan Joyce. "Qantas has been associated with the Australian Grand Prix for 25 years and we are especially looking forward to next year's event with Qantas as the premier partner.

"As a committed supporter of Australian sport, we are delighted to be continuing our active involvement in one of the highlights of the national major events calendar."