The Monaco Grand Prix is no longer untouchable in the eyes of Liberty Media, owner of F1, which intends to review some of its achievements and privileges, according to the Daily Mail.
Five days after the legendary event, the fifth round of the Formula 1 season, the Monaco Grand Prix will be called into question, reports the Daily Mail. The principality’s contract to host the event, concluded between former F1 president Bernie Ecclestone and the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) in 2010, expired with the race won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull) there at 10 days, assures the Daily Mail.
Liberty Media, which has bought the commercial rights, would like to take the opportunity to dust off some of the traditions linked to the organization of this Grand Prix, the route of which has hardly been changed since its creation. Work has already been undertaken in this direction, F1 having undertaken to review the layout of this very narrow circuit not very conducive to overtaking and the characteristics of modern cars.
Change of place in the calendar?
Among other aspects of a route which is no longer suited to the current canons, and which it will therefore wish to discuss again, Liberty Media examines more generally the very special status and the privileges which the Monaco Grand Prix still enjoys. The annual fee (around 12 million euros according to the Daily Mail) that the ACM is supposed to pay tops the list, in a context of a pandemic with declining revenues, as does its place in the calendar, which could be subject to debate.
So dust off, yes, but distorting what makes the salt of this Grand Prix apart is not necessarily the goal displayed by Liberty Media, reports the Daily Mail. Monaco has stood the test of time and its aura, that of a Grand Prix considered the most prestigious of the season, remains intact. F1 does not want to weaken it. Because winning in Monaco remains unique for all the drivers, at the end of one of the most captivating races of the season, both for the drivers and for the spectators.