A real institution in motor racing, the Monaco Grand Prix will not take place this year, have informed on Thursday the organizers of the most prestigious races in F1, and that all the pilots dream to win.
This decision was made a few hours after the leaders of the Formula 1, on a conference call with the key stakeholders of the discipline, had announced that the other three races of the season were postponed.
This is the first time since 1954 that the Monaco Grand Prix is not on the menu of the F1 world Championship, which saw the light of day in 1950.
The Grand Prize of the netherlands (may 3), Spain (10 may) and Monaco (may 24), therefore, are the most recent victims of the pandemic of the COVID-19. The F1 was, however, hopeful to replace the step of the netherlands, which should make a return after 35 years of absence in a calendar revamped she wants to publish soon.
It was mission impossible to organize the race in Monaco at a later date, since it is a circuit temporary set in the streets of the principality.
A few days earlier, the direction of the stroke indicated that work is underway including the installation of the stands were initiated.
The assembly and disassembly of the facilities are spread out over a period of approximately seven weeks.
Charles Leclerc, driver of Ferrari, the Monaco Grand Prix last year.
Montreal in the waiting
The F1 refuses to indicate if the next stops for the moment be deferred, in Baku, Azerbaijan (June 7), and in Montreal the following week, will take place.
The circuit Gilles-Villeneuve saw a situation similar to that of Monaco, as it is also an urban layout that requires the installation of grandstands and temporary facilities that one then dismantle it.
“The new season will begin as soon as possible, one can read in the communiqué issued by the F1. As soon as the situation is without danger, for all those who are involved in our sport for the spectators. “
New rules in 2022
In addition, 10 stables of the plateau have agreed, by mutual agreement Thursday, that the application of the new regulation, which was to transform the face of the F1 next year, is postponed to the season 2022. Now the question is if the arrival of the new and revolutionary single-seater, which was at the heart of this reform, will also be shifted by one year.
Deprived of his first seven steps, the F1 must now manage a schedule in turmoil.
The campaign 2020 should include a record number of 22 races, but some of them will not take place.
The possibility of reducing from three to two days some weekends of competition have been also addressed during the discussion that have participated in the management committee of Liberty Media, the owner of the F1, the international automobile Federation and the promoters of the three races that have been officially postponed (or cancelled) on Thursday.
According to some information obtained by specialized sites, including ESPN, the Grand Prix of the netherlands, Belgium and Italy, which could be presented on 2 and 30 August and 6 September respectively, would be limited to a program of two days.
We publish below, subject to change, the new timetable could be adopted if the season begins on 7 June.
The teams have agreed to reduce the traditional break between the Hungarian GP (August 2) and Belgium (August 30). To note that in addition to Monaco, Spain, and Australia are not included either.
Schedule planned… but not official
- Azerbaijan , 7 June
- Canada June 14,
- France 28 June
- Austria 5 July
- G. Britain , July 19,
- Hungary 2 August
- China 9 August
- Netherlands August 23,
- Belgium 30 August
- Italy 6 September
- Singapore , 20 September
- Russia , September 27,
- Japan October 11
- United states October 25,
- Mexico , November 1st
- Brazil 15 November
- Vietnam , November 29,
- Abu Dhabi , 13 December