“Monaco will disappear from the calendar by 2025.” That’s what Michel Boeri, President of the Automobile Club of the Principality, commented on the future of the most glamorous event in the Formula 1 calendar.
A strong statement, yet despite the excellent results of the just concluded 2023 F1 edition, there is an open clash between ACM and Liberty Media.
“The Americans only look at the economic offer,” Michael Boeri reiterated, convinced that the American ownership could soon prefer new circuits over the Monegasque city.
The truth is that neither of the two contenders seems willing to step back, and at the moment, there is a frosty relationship between the historic race organizer and the American ownership.
The 80th edition of the race, among other things, represented the first ever without ACM’s cameras following the race, as its broadcast was entrusted to Formula 1’s international production. It seems that the repeated shots of the Automobile Club’s sponsors during the 2022 edition, often rivals of the brands that finance Formula 1, did not sit well with the sport’s owner.
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Prince Albert intervenes: Michael Boeri forced to step back
Thus, as in the best diplomatic negotiations, the intervention of Prince Albert II became necessary.
“I had a conversation with Stefano Domenicali and Greg Maffei, they presented their vision for the future of Formula 1,” the Prince told the newspaper L’Equipe.
“We agree that a season without Monaco is inconceivable. At the same time, they would like a more dynamic and attractive format.” – he pointed out.
From Albert II’s words, it remains clear that Monaco cannot and should not be treated like any other event in the championship.
“It is not possible to discuss Monaco as if it were one of the other circuits,” the Prince reiterated. “We have different agreements and limited space to host the race, but I am still confident that the parties will reach an agreement.”
During the Monaco weekend, doubts about the future of the Grand Prix were also raised by Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, who expressed uncertainty about whether the current layout of the track can be maintained over time.
“I think that in order to continue racing here, an evolution will be necessary,” commented the Englishman, concerned about the constant increase in the size of the cars.
“Nothing lasts forever,” he added. “I believe we will have to consider adapting the circuit to enhance overtaking opportunities.” – the Red Bull boss continued.
With the GP being attacked on multiple fronts, Prince Albert seems willing to relinquish part of the race organization, demanding that the Automobile Club and its President, Boeri, take a step back.
“Ecclestone’s time is over, now we need to look ahead and be aware that we will need to discuss television production, sponsorship, and merchandising.”
“I understand that Michel [Boeri] may struggle to accept these conditions. I think it would be better for someone else to negotiate on behalf of the ACM now.” – he concluded.