Fernando Alonso Backs Sebastian Vettel’s Criticism of Proposed Monaco GP Changes

Published 09/30/2021, 8:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 9, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Luca Bruno


One of the most prestigious races on the Formula One calendar is the Monaco Grand Prix. A unique thing about the Grand Prix weekend is that it is a four-day event, whereas the traditional Grand Prix just has three days.

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While getting ready for the Monaco GP, Thursday has the practice sessions as Friday is kept off. However, for the upcoming season, the format will be changed to a traditional one. Both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso agree that canceling the Friday off is not a good idea.

Fernando Alonso sees eye to eye with Vettel on the format being changed for Monaco

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Alonso and Vettel are seen as each other’s greatest rivals. However, once in a while, there is a truce. This time both the world champions don’t think it is wise to cancel the Friday that they normally get off while getting ready for the Monaco GP.

As quoted from Motorsport, Alonso said, “We’re going to be there one day less. I don’t think that’s good. Each team has a different schedule, different commercials. It was a rewarding weekend for sponsors and that sort of thing.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 23, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso ahead of the Russian GP REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“Obviously there isn’t a lot of sponsorship activity this year due to COVID. But hopefully next year things will be a little more normal and there will be a day for sponsors,” Alonso explained. (Translated via Google Translate)

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What did Vettel say about the format being changed?

The German driver isn’t keen on having the Friday off taken away. Regardless of it, he still feels he will adapt to the new format set to come in 2022 and wouldn’t even the difference.

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He said, “I don’t know why they changed it in Monaco. I think it worked. In Monaco it was a day off. Anyway, we’ll adapt and I don’t think you’ll notice it. I don’t know if it’s true that good things die in general. I just said that because it was fun.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

“There was probably more fun stuff in the past, but there’s more fun stuff going on now than before. In that respect, I’d say it’s a trade-off with the past,” he concluded.

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Do you think the new format for the Monaco Grand Prix in 2022 will change racing or will it stay the same? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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