The Automobile Club of Monaco has already announced its “most beautiful week of the year”. Expensive yachts flock to the harbor, and teams have set up their accommodations for a Formula 1 classic in the smallest of spaces.
Formula 1 races through the small principality for the 68th time. The first season was on the Cote d’Azur in the first year of the World Cup. But the question: for how long? “It would be a shame to lose something that has been a part of the sport for so many years.”says Mick Schumacher.
Monaco is Formula 1. This has been an unwritten law for decades, ever since narrow streets were first driven in 1950. “Formula 1 without Monaco is unimaginable”Christian Horner of Red Bull says:
The legend of Monaco
Monaco and Formula 1 – an attractive combination of the rich and famous. Holding the Cannes Film Festival at the same time may cause the number of celebrities to rise again this year. “If the world championship had to be reduced to one race, it had to be Monte Carlo”82, three-time world champion Jackie Stewart once said. “Driving in Formula 1 in Monaco is like driving a helicopter in your living room”, He once said Nelson Piquet, who is also a three-time champion.
But the legend threatens to fade. Monaco is the pilot’s fight against the circuit. And then against opponents. Monaco means: It is practically impossible to transcend the past. “Doing a race you can’t get past is bullshit”, says former pilot Marc Saurer in an interview on the portal “formel1.de”. His verdict: The road is no longer up to date.
Racing in Monaco must reinvent itself
“We cannot live in the past”says Gunther Steiner, head of the Haas team of Mick Schumacher. “If Monaco wants to add as a new route and they say well we have the lowest entry fee of any route and you go where you can’t overtake – Monaco will never be on the calendar.”says Horner.
But Formula 1 has long since transformed under the leadership of American media group Liberty Media.
Despite all the human rights and political debates about the venue, the new street circuit in Saudi Arabia presented a pure spectacle. Miami celebrated the premiere this year, and Las Vegas will follow next year. Now Monaco has to move to the next speed. The contract expires after this race.
This weekend shows that Formula 1 is breaking with tradition there, too. For decades, pilots in the emirate have always practiced Thursdays. The reason: Training day often fell on Ascension Day, so Friday was always free. Training on Friday this year.
There are suggestions for reform
The length of one lap is only 3,337 kilometers. There is no shorter event on the race calendar. Why don’t we extend it? Surer suggests an additional loop. “As long as we pass by the casino and along the port, Monaco is Monaco”He says.
The president of the Automobile Club de Monaco recently expressed confidence that Formula 1 would stop in Monaco after this season. The Gazette de Monaco quoted Michel Boerry as saying that they were in talks. There may be a chance this weekend to start a new future for Formula 1 with racing from the past.