F1 Considers Changes To Make Iconic Monaco GP More Exciting

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin Amr24
Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin Amr24

As critical contract negotiations unfold, Formula 1 is exploring potential modifications to the iconic Monaco Grand Prix to address growing concerns over its suitability for modern racing.

Financial and Logistical Hurdles

Bloomberg recently reported that F1’s commercial owner, Liberty Media, is urging Monaco’s race organizers to increase their financial commitment to secure a new deal beyond 2025. However, former F1 driver Alex Wurz believes that eliminating the Monaco GP would be like “cutting off its roots,” even though the Principality might suffer more than the sport itself.

“It would not change anything about the fame and finances of Formula 1,” Wurz told ORF. “But for me, it would still be a shame.”

The Racing Challenge

The primary issue is not just financial. Over time, the speed, size, and weight of F1 cars have increased, making overtaking on the tight Monaco circuit nearly impossible.

“To have a really entertaining race here, we ought to at least look at whether we can open up some areas to create at least an overtaking opportunity,” said Red Bull boss Christian Horner. “To protect the next 70 years here, I think it’s obvious that there needs to be some evolution.”

Proposed Solutions

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton suggested that “special tyres” could enhance race strategies, or an experimental race format could be introduced specifically for Monaco.

Fernando Alonso, who struggled with traffic during qualifying, supported the idea of splitting qualifying into two groups, a solution also backed by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

“I think this track has its limits and we have surpassed them,” Wolff stated on Saturday.

Drivers’ Perspectives

Alonso, starting from P16, expressed his pessimism about scoring points, citing the track’s limitations.

“There is no plan,” Alonso admitted. “Start P16, do 72 laps, try not to damage the car, and arrive with the car more or less whole for Canada.”

Looking Ahead

As discussions continue, the future of the Monaco Grand Prix hangs in the balance. The debate over necessary changes highlights the tension between preserving the historic charm of Monaco and adapting to the evolving demands of modern Formula 1 racing.

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