Written by Staff Writer
Motor racing may be returning to Monaco for the first time in almost three decades in 2022 as part of an effort to get back on track following a difficult season, according to Formula One’s chief executive.
Manfredi Frasca told the Italian daily La Repubblica that he wants “Prix by the Beach” to take place during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend in 2022.
That would make it the first three-day Formula One race held in the French Riviera, which has not hosted a three-day race since 2008 when Abu Dhabi became a new home of the sport.
Four-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who is the current world champion, was as enthusiastic as any fan on hearing of the news.
“A spectacular weekend with all the Pirelli Grand Prix tires and the perfect continuation of the 2018 and 2019 season,” Hamilton tweeted.
Pirelli is due to take over as the world motorsport governing body’s tire supplier from Bridgestone in 2019.
Speaking at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday, also in São Paulo, Formula One CEO Chase Carey told reporters: “I think you guys like me talking about Formula One but I actually don’t want to talk about that. I just want to talk about the future of Formula One and why it is the best way to drive out in front of you.”
Charlotte Green, head of motorsport at F1 owners Liberty Media, also suggested Formula One might want to go for three rounds per season in the future.
“We’re going to have to look at the schedule and make sure it’s balanced,” she said. “So in principle you’re going to have more races. We need to make sure there’s enough work days and enough events on the calendar.”