F1 CEO Reveals Tradition-Breaking Change to Monaco GP

Published 09/23/2021, 7:13 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021 General view of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during the race REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


Over the vast history of Formula 1, Monaco remains the only country to host a rather unique 4-day race weekend as opposed to the accustomed 3 days. Well, the ‘crown jewel’ of F1 is all set to witness a minor tweak to this traditional weekend schedule from next season.

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Unlike other Grand Prix events, Monte Carlo has so far witnessed FP1 and FP2 taking place on Thursday followed by an unusual pause on Friday before heading into the weekend for FP3, qualifying, and the main race.

However, for the first time since Monaco’s debut appearance in F1 in 1950, practice sessions will revert to Fridays. F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, revealed the same, affirmed the rumors that had been circling the paddock for a few days now.

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What did Domenicali say?

In an exclusive interview with Amanda Davies (CNN), Domenicali opened up that Monaco Grand Prix, from the next season, will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Monaco will be in three days, straight away,” he said. “So Friday, Saturday and Sunday instead of Thursday, hold, and then Saturday and Sunday. That’s the change we’re going to introduce next year.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Subsequently, the organizers of Monaco GP, Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM), revealed that they are still looking to make it a 4-day event despite F1’s recent change. Instead of F1 practice sessions on Thursday, the organizers are keen on keeping the day active with support races.

It will be a 3-day event for F1 and a 4-day event for ACM. The Thursday will be dedicate to support races. Our organization is actually working on the 4-day timing who will be available soon on our website,” Richard Micoud, Communications and Media Manager of ACM said.

Why F1 preferred Thursday over Friday for Monaco GP practice sessions

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Monaco is visually one of the most attractive races in the history of Formula 1. The glitz and glam of Monaco often attract a lot of celebrities as well; The latest F1 race at Monte Carlo witnessed Tennis star, Serena Williams and in-demand Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, in the paddock.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Hence, being one of the most famous race weekends of all time, F1 has always opted to extend the 3-day event to 4 days. So, you might wonder what the drivers would be up to on Friday.

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Well, party! Most of the crew will be up all night partying and celebrating with their respective colleagues. Quite a few drivers also prefer bringing their Yacht to the event, park it alongside the track, and sit back and relax inside it if needed.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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