Unfortunately, it’s all about the money
Monaco – the classic must not die
It’s the track that most Formula 1 fans know by name: St Devote, Casino, Mirabeau, Loews Hairpin, Tunnel, Tobacco Corner, Swimming Pool, and Rascasse. 3337 meters long, 52 shifts per lap.
Published: 1:50 p.m
Updated: 5:55 p.m
Roger Benoit, Monte Carlo
Actually, this race no longer fits into modern times for several years. And the safety factor is almost non-existent here on the Mediterranean. A rising car – and the madness would end immediately!
Hamilton: “Was at the top!”
But the drivers, fans and the TV stations love this anachronism. Lewis Hamilton: “When I won here for the first time in 2008, I felt like I was on top of the highest mountain in the world. So many things have to come together for it to work. You can’t leave anything behind on this route. Yes, you had to be willing to touch the crash barriers!”
There is no better way to describe the «egg dance». Nowhere in the world is the line between triumph and tragedy, between celebration and fall, narrower.
Is Monaco stubborn?
Known as a motor race since 1929, Monaco can only be compared to the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And yet the greedy Formula 1 management is seriously considering not extending the expiring contract (Blick reported).
Above all, the many privileges (TV rights, own perimeter advertising) and the smallest entrance fee of all organizers for the GP show are a thorn in the side of the Americans. New races often pay up to 40 million dollars more a year!
And with Miami, Singapore and soon Las Vegas, the road courses should make Monaco forget. You don’t want to make any more financial compromises with the principality. The pressure has increased: If Monte Carlo remains stubborn, the race is over.
Monaco – the love-hate relationship
But the classic must not die. It’s a kind of love-hate relationship for everyone in the circus – and for half of the current drivers also the (tax) adopted country.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff: “Nothing can compete with the splendor of Monte Carlo. It’s a real joy for everyone to see the drivers pushing their cars to the limit and making their way through the narrow streets.”
Zhou won here in 2021
And Alfa-Sauber General Fred Vasseur: “This time we are in Monaco to show the world how well we are going in 2022!” Especially Bottas. And teammate Zhou: “I won the Formula 2 race here in 2021!”
Back in Monaco: Leclerc drives Niki Lauda’s cars into the crash barriers(00:29)