VICTORIANS are paying more than $30 million a year for the right to host the Formula One Grand Prix under a top-secret deal with billionaire Bernie Ecclestone.
The Herald Sun has seen Grand Prix documents that reveal the overall cost of Mr Ecclestone's licence fee - kept secret by four successive state governments for almost two decades - for the five-year contract is close to $170 million.
The documents, dating from 2010, expose an "escalator" clause in the contract that sees the licence fee rise by five per cent annually - regardless of how the Albert Park event fares.
In revelations that will spark renewed debate about the race, the documents show the licence fee climbs from $US31 million in 2011 to almost $US38 million in 2015.
Now multiple that by 20 and you can see how much money FOM get... Although one assumes Australia pays slightly more for being round one of the calendar.