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The Monaco Grand Prix could be CANCELED with a historic race postponed to EVERY OTHER year as F1 gets peanuts for hosting it

FORMULA ONE heads to Monaco this weekend, but there’s a distinct feeling that this once jewel-in-the-crown event has lost some of its luster.

The Monte Carlo race has always been known for its glitz, celebrity and nostalgia, but behind the scenes it was actually where all the big business was done.

The Monte Carlo GP is in very real danger of being scrapped by F1 owners Liberty Media

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The Monte Carlo GP is in very real danger of being scrapped by F1 owners Liberty MediaPhoto credit: Getty
Lewis Hamilton and Co may not be racing on the legendary Monaco circuit for much longer

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Lewis Hamilton and Co may not be racing on the legendary Monaco circuit for much longerPhoto credit: Reuters

The sponsors loved it and so did the teams as it gave them their networking opportunities in such an opulent setting.

Multimillion-dollar deals were signed over dinner at the Café de Paris, and F1 kept the race on the calendar, even though the track was outdated and often prone to boring races.

It stayed simple because it was Monaco.

But the landscape in F1 has changed a lot in a short space of time under owners Liberty Media.

It’s become quite clear that Liberty now has new races in mind for these corporate delights.

You only have to look back two races at the Miami GP and see that this was more of an F1 show than a race designed to attract new partnerships and sponsors.

Add to the mix next year’s Las Vegas race, which promises to be a similar event designed not necessarily for fans but for business opportunities

Additionally, Miami and Vegas have the capacity to welcome these high achievers by offering them a variety of hotel and dining options.

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Monte Carlo cannot do that.

Sandwiched between the south of France and the Mediterranean, I spoke to a senior account manager who oversees a major sponsor.

They said they struggled to accommodate their guests and many considered not attending due to the standard of accommodation available – basically residents renting out tired apartments for the weekend for ridiculous sums.

The reality is that Formula 1, enjoying its boom and demand for tickets, has outgrown Monte Carlo, which is now unfit for purpose.

F1 has physically outgrown the space around the port as the motorhomes have grown over the years.

So much so that there is a risk of people falling over the edge of the harbor into the sea.

Monaco’s situation is made even more precarious when you consider that they are paying Formula 1 peanuts for the rights to host a race compared to the mega bucks other venues are raising.

Companies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar give up $50 million every time F1 races are held there, and Monaco’s non-contribution to the F1 coffers has not gone unnoticed.

With the calendar currently limited to 24 races per year, it is not unthinkable that the Monaco GP will be canceled and potentially return every two years as part of an agreement with other historic circuits such as Spa or Imola.

The iconic, historic race in Monaco may be in danger of being scrapped from the calendar

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The iconic, historic race in Monaco may be in danger of being scrapped from the calendarPhoto credit: Reuters

SPANISH

Speaking of falling from grace, it came as a bit of a surprise for F1 to publicly criticize Spanish GP organizers for their poor handling of the event.

Parking was a particular concern that prompted F1 to take the unprecedented step of naming and shaming.

A statement said: “The large number of fans at this event, both inside and outside the circuit, has caused the traffic problems for the fans.

“We have made the promoter aware that this is unacceptable and must be rectified for next season.”

IN FINE NYCK

ODD timing or brilliant contingency planning by Mercedes to allow Nyck de Vries to attend a practice session for Williams at Barcelona?

The Dutchman is the reigning Formula E World Champion and Mercedes reserve driver.

He impressed by defeating regular Williams driver Nicolas Latifi.

But why did they allow Williams to loan him out just ahead of the Monaco GP?

Could it be that they might be scared of Lewis Hamilton DISQUALIFIED from the Monte Carlo race because of his piercings, which he won’t remove?

If Hamilton is unable to drive in Monaco, De Vries, who lives in the Principality, will surely get the nod to replace him.

So maybe it was good to give him some practice early on.

LANDO BLOW

LANDO NORRIS has been diagnosed with tonsillitis and will now have to rest a few days ahead of the Monaco GP.

Luckily the McLaren driver lives there now so he can get some more bed time and be able to race again at the weekend.

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Surely an F3 or F2 team must soon offer her a chance to show what she can do?

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REAL PERFORMANCE

JONATHAN REA set a new record for longest winning career in WorldSBK following his win in Portugal over the weekend.

Victory in Sunday’s Tissot Superpole Race ensured he now holds the record for the longest time between his first and last win of the series.

The 35-year-old’s first win in WorldSBK came back at Misano in 2009 and his last at Estoril means his success spans 12 years and 11 months.

That beats Noriyuki Haga’s previous record by a single day.

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Aila Slisco

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