“This is the jewel of Formula 1” as some fans say. The Monaco Grand Prix is held all weekend on the roads of the Rock. But this iconic race is beneath risk. It may disappear as quickly as 2023. Among different issues as a result of it's deemed unspectacular : it's unattainable to overhaul in the streets of the metropolis, the place the race is held.
The Monegasque pilot Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) clearly defends “his” Grand Prix: “Formula 1 without Monaco is not Formula 1. Formula 1 has a history, has historical circuits like Silverstone, Monza or Monaco and for me they must stay.”
Several European Grand Prix are threatened : that is additionally the case of the Grand Prix of France or Belgium, threatened by new races, in the United States specifically, akin to for instance the new Grand Prix of Las Vegas. It can be the third F1 race in the United States for subsequent season (2023) with the Austin and Miami Grand Prix. Since 2017, the American group Liberty Media has owned the industrial rights to F1.
“It's just a story of big money, since F1 goes to the United States and there, everything is excessive“, regrets Mickaël, Formula 1 fan. “People want that quite than the historic Awards which however nonetheless entice so many individuals.“Indeed, from Nice, there are crowds to achieve the principality. The trains are partly saturated.
A historic circuit
Removing the Monaco Grand Prix is unthinkable for Michael:Do not hand over it's _one among the greatest prizes_. It's historic, it is nonetheless a circuit with bends on the town, they graze the rails, the homes, they move alongside the sea. There is not any prettier Grand Prix! Afterwards it's certain that for pace it isn't the greatest, however by way of specificities, for me, it's the greatest.“
“It's unimaginable because it's part of the history of Formula 1 but it is imaginable because the new owners of F1 did not hesitate to delete some historic Grands Prix” regrets Alexandre, a Varois who has come yearly for 10 years to look at the race, absolutely wearing the colours of his favourite workforce: McLaren.
Solutions to avoid wasting the Grand Prix
In any case, the enthusiasm continues to be there: vacationers from the United States, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Norway made the journey. To make their Grand Prix final, they've concepts: “Develop the track, even if it is difficult in Monaco, _develop infrastructure_allow to overtake because the last Grands Prix were rather processions therefore with less interest for the sport”, in response to Alexandre, the Varois fan.
“We have to make it cheaper and extra accessible for the spectators. At lower than 700 – 800 euros you possibly can't discover something. For a household, with the journey on prime of that, it is unattainable“says Michael.
And Charles Leclerc concludes: “I agree that in racing you can change a few things here and there to try to make overtaking easier, because the cars have changed and evolved and it might not be the best track to overtake , but in terms of the challenge for the pilot, this is one of the toughest challenges for us in the year?“