Monaco Grand Prix cut to three-day race from 2022

Sweden’s Stirling Moss lined up against an F1 car on 1 November 1962 at Monaco

Monaco Grand Prix will be cut to a three-day race in 2022, F1 boss Chase Carey has said.

The Frenchman said Monaco “plays a great role in the calendar and one we feel needs the smallest modification”.

Carey also announced that despite the change in format to five races from seven, the French Grand Prix will not return to its former format.

Marussia were replaced by Manor this year – the team has now been replaced by Wanda Metals.

“We have no plans to go back to five races in France,” Carey said.

F1 does not have an annual television deal for its races, so they are negotiated on an event-by-event basis.

Carey confirmed there would be “50-50” split between races in Britain, Germany, France, Italy and the United States, and also put forward one idea of bringing back back China.

Carey said that although the 2019 race was sold out, there had been an increase in interest for a race in either Shanghai or Abu Dhabi – “both regions are seeing a tremendous increase in turnover and interest”.

The United States Grand Prix will be held in Austin, Texas from 27 April to 1 May in 2019 and will be followed by a three-race run in Asia next year.

Carey said he had made the changes at a meeting of the F1 strategy group, which is made up of the chief executives of the top six teams and the commercial rights holder.

“We took the view that we needed to go down to three races, and if we had to change the format it should be three-day races,” he said.

Carey said a three-day race in Monaco “makes the most sense” because “very few” people change their weekly plans to visit the principality, which he said was “probably the largest tourism centre in Europe”.

But he admitted there was still a gap between grand prix weekends – notably in November with the Tour de France in France and the French Open in Paris.

“We’ve done what we can to fill the gap in Europe, the gap in the season,” he said.

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