Monaco GP 2022
In the 2023 season, Formula 1 wants to increase it to 24 races. Three new grand prizes in the initial plan. The traditional races at Monte Carlo and Spa must tremble. Monaco offered a special arrangement light.
Formula 1 leaders are already working on a racing calendar for 2023. At the moment there are 24 races. France and Belgium are on the target list. Qatar, Las Vegas and possibly South Africa will be added. She is expected to hold talks with Kyalami next week. The government wants to show that the country is again attractive to tourists after the Corona shock.
Monaco on the brink. China’s return depends on the country’s policy on the Covid virus. Belgium shouldn’t be completely off the calendar. Spa organizers can co-race with another country and hold a Grand Prix every two years. This would justify the higher entry fee. In Portimao they think the same way. Portugal can participate in the rotation system.
The vision that Monaco can no longer be part of Formula 1 is not just a threat. But can you imagine Formula 1 without Monte Carlo? Obviously, the Formula 1 management can do that. The contract with the emirate expires at the end of the year. It may not be renewed unless Monte Carlo is willing to give up some of its privileges. Stefano Domenicali, president of Formula One, made this clear to the regulator in the first round of negotiations.
TAG Heuer is a big annoyance
The conversations are not about entry fees as usual. Monte Carlo pays out between $10 and $15 million, which is far less than any other race. Since it started with 25 million. But that’s not the point.
It has to do with the many private rights that Monte Carlo wrested from Bernie Ecclestone in the distant past. The former Formula 1 boss was of the opinion that the classics could not be dispensed with. So he reluctantly granted the principality a special deal.
This is what it looks like. Monte Carlo produces the television images itself, thus determining which sponsors are shown and how often. This is just a thorn in the side of Formula 1 like the circuit club run by the organizer. There is also one in Miami and Baku, but not nearly the same size. One of Liberty’s biggest problems is TAG Heuer’s peripheral advertising. It is clearly opposed to the Rolex sponsor chain.
Drivers swear allegiance to Monte Carlo
The last point is that Monte Carlo has not yet been willing to adjust the course to make overtaking easier. The proposal to bypass chicane and extend the path up the tobacco curve has so far been rejected. This is followed by another round of negotiations. Council-level tenor: We are not asking the impossible from Monte Carlo. The promoter’s best deal will still be there. Only with fewer privileges.
Drivers can’t believe F1’s threat to kick Monte Carlo off the calendar. “Formula 1 without Monte Carlo would not be real Formula 1, both need the other,” explains host Charles Leclerc.
Max Verstappen evokes history: “If a course of this design were implemented today, it would no longer be accepted. But Monte Carlo is part of history. This track has written so many stories that it earned a place in Formula 1.”
Fernando Alonso finds it ridiculous to criticize the street circuit for not having enough overtaking maneuvers: “Before the DRS there were no overtaking maneuvers in Barcelona, Budapest and Singapore either. No one wanted these races to be canceled. In the age of social media, people are overreacting. And trifles are played out.”